FAIRY TALES By The Brothers Grimm

PREPARER'S NOTE The text is based on translations from the Grimms' Kinder und Hausmarchen by Edgar Taylor and Marian Edwardes.




THE GOLDEN BIRD A certain king had a beautiful garden, and in the garden stood a tree which bore golden apples. These apples were always counted, and about the time when they began to grow ripe it was found that every night one of them was gone. The king became very angry at this, and ordered the gardener to keep watch all night under the tree. The gardener set his eldest son to watch; but about twelve o'clock he fell asleep, and in the morning another of the apples was missing. Then the second son was ordered to watch; and at midnight he too fell asleep, and in the morning another apple was gone. Then the third son offered to keep watch; but

the gardener at first would not let him, for fear some harm should come to him: however, at last he consented, and the young man laid himself under the tree to watch. As the clock struck twelve he heard a rustling noise in the air, and a bird came flying that was of pure gold; and as it was snapping at one of the apples with its beak, the gardener's son jumped up and shot an arrow at it. But the arrow did the bird no harm; only it dropped a golden feather from its tail, and then flew away. The golden feather was brought to the king in the morning, and all the council was called together. Everyone agreed that it was worth more than all the wealth of the kingdom: but the king said, 'One feather is of no use to me, I must have the whole bird.' Then the gardener's eldest son set out and thought to find the golden bird very easily; and when he had gone but a little way, he came to a wood, and by the side of the wood he saw a fox sitting; so he took his bow and made ready to shoot at it. Then the fox said, 'Do not shoot me, for I will give you good counsel; I know what your business is, and that you want to find the golden bird. You will reach a village in the evening; and when you get there, you will see two inns opposite to each other, one of which is very pleasant and beautiful to look at: go not in there, but rest for the night in the other, though it may appear to you to be very poor and mean.' But the son thought to himself, 'What can such a beast as this know about the matter?' So he shot his arrow at the fox; but he missed it, and it set up its tail above its back and ran into the wood. Then he went his way, and in the evening came to the village where the two inns were; and in one of these were people singing, and dancing, and feasting; but the other looked very dirty, and poor. 'I should be very silly,' said he, 'if I went to that shabby house, and left this charming place'; so he went into the smart house, and ate and drank at his ease, and forgot the bird, and his country too. Time passed on; and as the eldest son did not come back, and no tidings were heard of him, the second son set out, and the same thing happened to him. He met the fox, who gave him the good advice: but when he came to the two inns, his eldest brother was standing at the window where the merrymaking was, and called to him to come in; and he could not withstand the temptation, but went in, and forgot the golden bird and his country in the same manner. Time passed on again, and the youngest son too wished to set out into the wide world to seek for the golden bird; but his father would not listen to it for a long while, for he was very fond of his son, and was afraid that some ill luck might happen to him also, and prevent his coming back. However, at last it was agreed he should go, for he would not rest at home; and as he came to the wood, he met the fox, and heard the same good counsel. But he was thankful to the fox, and did not

attempt his life as his brothers had done; so the fox said, 'Sit upon my tail, and you will travel faster.' So he sat down, and the fox began to run, and away they went over stock and stone so quick that their hair whistled in the wind. When they came to the village, the son followed the fox's counsel, and without looking about him went to the shabby inn and rested there all night at his ease. In the morning came the fox again and met him as he was beginning his journey, and said, 'Go straight forward, till you come to a castle, before which lie a whole troop of soldiers fast asleep and snoring: take no notice of them, but go into the castle and pass on and on till you come to a room, where the golden bird sits in a wooden cage; close by it stands a beautiful golden cage; but do not try to take the bird out of the shabby cage and put it into the handsome one, otherwise you will repent it.' Then the fox stretched out his tail again, and the young man sat himself down, and away they went over stock and stone till their hair whistled in the wind. Before the castle gate all was as the fox had said: so the son went in and found the chamber where the golden bird hung in a wooden cage, and below stood the golden cage, and the three golden apples that had been lost were lying close by it. Then thought he to himself, 'It will be a very droll thing to bring away such a fine bird in this shabby cage'; so he opened the door and took hold of it and put it into the golden cage. But the bird set up such a loud scream that all the soldiers awoke, and they took him prisoner and carried him before the king. The next morning the court sat to judge him; and when all was heard, it sentenced him to die, unless he should bring the king the golden horse which could run as swiftly as the wind; and if he did this, he was to have the golden bird given him for his own. So he set out once more on his journey, sighing, and in great despair, when on a sudden his friend the fox met him, and said, 'You see now what has happened on account of your not listening to my counsel. I will still, however, tell you how to find the golden horse, if you will do as I bid you. You must go straight on till you come to the castle where the horse stands in his stall: by his side will lie the groom fast asleep and snoring: take away the horse quietly, but be sure to put the old leathern saddle upon him, and not the golden one that is close by it.' Then the son sat down on the fox's tail, and away they went over stock and stone till their hair whistled in the wind. All went right, and the groom lay snoring with his hand upon the golden saddle. But when the son looked at the horse, he thought it a great pity to put the leathern saddle upon it. 'I will give him the good one,' said he; 'I am sure he deserves it.' As he took up the golden saddle the

groom awoke and cried out so loud, that all the guards ran in and took him prisoner, and in the morning he was again brought before the court to be judged, and was sentenced to die. But it was agreed, that, if he could bring thither the beautiful princess, he should live, and have the bird and the horse given him for his own. Then he went his way very sorrowful; but the old fox came and said, 'Why did not you listen to me? If you had, you would have carried away both the bird and the horse; yet will I once more give you counsel. Go straight on, and in the evening you will arrive at a castle. At twelve o'clock at night the princess goes to the bathing-house: go up to her and give her a kiss, and she will let you lead her away; but take care you do not suffer her to go and take leave of her father and mother.' Then the fox stretched out his tail, and so away they went over stock and stone till their hair whistled again. As they came to the castle, all was as the fox had said, and at twelve o'clock the young man met the princess going to the bath and gave her the kiss, and she agreed to run away with him, but begged with many tears that he would let her take leave of her father. At first he refused, but she wept still more and more, and fell at his feet, till at last he consented; but the moment she came to her father's house the guards awoke and he was taken prisoner again. Then he was brought before the king, and the king said, 'You shall never have my daughter unless in eight days you dig away the hill that stops the view from my window.' Now this hill was so big that the whole world could not take it away: and when he had worked for seven days, and had done very little, the fox came and said. 'Lie down and go to sleep; I will work for you.' And in the morning he awoke and the hill was gone; so he went merrily to the king, and told him that now that it was removed he must give him the princess. Then the king was obliged to keep his word, and away went the young man and the princess; and the fox came and said to him, 'We will have all three, the princess, the horse, and the bird.' 'Ah!' said the young man, 'that would be a great thing, but how can you contrive it?' 'If you will only listen,' said the fox, 'it can be done. When you come to the king, and he asks for the beautiful princess, you must say, "Here she is!" Then he will be very joyful; and you will mount the golden horse that they are to give you, and put out your hand to take leave of them; but shake hands with the princess last. Then lift her quickly on to the horse behind you; clap your spurs to his side, and gallop away as fast as you can.'

All went right: then the fox said, 'When you come to the castle where the bird is, I will stay with the princess at the door, and you will ride in and speak to the king; and when he sees that it is the right horse, he will bring out the bird; but you must sit still, and say that you want to look at it, to see whether it is the true golden bird; and when you get it into your hand, ride away.' This, too, happened as the fox said; they carried off the bird, the princess mounted again, and they rode on to a great wood. Then the fox came, and said, 'Pray kill me, and cut off my head and my feet.' But the young man refused to do it: so the fox said, 'I will at any rate give you good counsel: beware of two things; ransom no one from the gallows, and sit down by the side of no river.' Then away he went. 'Well,' thought the young man, 'it is no hard matter to keep that advice.' He rode on with the princess, till at last he came to the village where he had left his two brothers. And there he heard a great noise and uproar; and when he asked what was the matter, the people said, 'Two men are going to be hanged.' As he came nearer, he saw that the two men were his brothers, who had turned robbers; so he said, 'Cannot they in any way be saved?' But the people said 'No,' unless he would bestow all his money upon the rascals and buy their liberty. Then he did not stay to think about the matter, but paid what was asked, and his brothers were given up, and went on with him towards their home. And as they came to the wood where the fox first met them, it was so cool and pleasant that the two brothers said, 'Let us sit down by the side of the river, and rest a while, to eat and drink.' So he said, 'Yes,' and forgot the fox's counsel, and sat down on the side of the river; and while he suspected nothing, they came behind, and threw him down the bank, and took the princess, the horse, and the bird, and went home to the king their master, and said. 'All this have we won by our labour.' Then there was great rejoicing made; but the horse would not eat, the bird would not sing, and the princess wept. The youngest son fell to the bottom of the river's bed: luckily it was nearly dry, but his bones were almost broken, and the bank was so steep that he could find no way to get out. Then the old fox came once more, and scolded him for not following his advice; otherwise no evil would have befallen him: 'Yet,' said he, 'I cannot leave you here, so lay hold of my tail and hold fast.' Then he pulled him out of the river, and said to him, as he got upon the bank, 'Your brothers have set watch to kill you, if they find you in the kingdom.' So he dressed himself as a poor man, and came secretly to the king's court, and was scarcely within the doors when the horse began to eat, and the bird to sing, and princess left off weeping. Then he went to the king, and told him all his

brothers' roguery; and they were seized and punished, and he had the princess given to him again; and after the king's death he was heir to his kingdom. A long while after, he went to walk one day in the wood, and the old fox met him, and besought him with tears in his eyes to kill him, and cut off his head and feet. And at last he did so, and in a moment the fox was changed into a man, and turned out to be the brother of the princess, who had been lost a great many many years.

HANS IN LUCK Some men are born to good luck: all they do or try to do comes right--all that falls to them is so much gain--all their geese are swans--all their cards are trumps--toss them which way you will, they will always, like poor puss, alight upon their legs, and only move on so much the faster. The world may very likely not always think of them as they think of themselves, but what care they for the world? what can it know about the matter? One of these lucky beings was neighbour Hans. Seven long years he had worked hard for his master. At last he said, 'Master, my time is up; I must go home and see my poor mother once more: so pray pay me my wages and let me go.' And the master said, 'You have been a faithful and good servant, Hans, so your pay shall be handsome.' Then he gave him a lump of silver as big as his head. Hans took out his pocket-handkerchief, put the piece of silver into it, threw it over his shoulder, and jogged off on his road homewards. As he went lazily on, dragging one foot after another, a man came in sight, trotting gaily along on a capital horse. 'Ah!' said Hans aloud, 'what a fine thing it is to ride on horseback! There he sits as easy and happy as if he was at home, in the chair by his fireside; he trips against no stones, saves shoe-leather, and gets on he hardly knows how.' Hans did not speak so softly but the horseman heard it all, and said, 'Well, friend, why do you go on foot then?' 'Ah!' said he, 'I have this load to carry: to be sure it is silver, but it is so heavy that I can't hold up my head, and you must know it hurts my shoulder sadly.' 'What do you say of making an exchange?' said the horseman. 'I will give you my horse, and you shall give me the silver; which will save you a great deal of trouble in carrying such a heavy load about with you.' 'With all my heart,' said Hans: 'but as you are so kind to me, I must tell you one thing--you will have a weary task to draw that silver about with you.'

as he found himself on a wide heath that would take him more than an hour to cross. I like to do good to my neighbours. the horseman got off. sadly vexed. ate up all his bread.' said the shepherd. 'No care and no sorrow. he was thrown off.' thought . Hans soon came to himself. Sing neigh down derry!' After a time he thought he should like to go a little faster. cracked his whip. and cheese. and has spoiled my best coat. by the by. smack your lips loudly together. smells not very like a nosegay. I'm off now once for all: I like your cow now a great deal better than this smart beast that played me this trick. I will change my cow for your horse. and thought his bargain a very lucky one. eat my butter and cheese with it. one minute whistling a merry tune. Then the shepherd jumped upon the horse. which. A fig for the morrow! We'll laugh and be merry. 'What a noble heart that good man has!' thought he. had not stopped it. and said to the shepherd. whenever I like. and cry "Jip!"' Hans was delighted as he sat on the horse. you see. butter. even though I lose by it myself. wiped his face and hands. and away he rode. till at last. helped Hans up. One can walk along at one's leisure behind that cow--keep good company. squared his elbows. However. and have milk. What would I give to have such a prize!' 'Well.' 'Done!' said Hans. he began to be so hot and parched that his tongue clave to the roof of his mouth.However. and lay on his back by the road-side. and another singing. and then drove off his cow quietly. driving a cow. But the heat grew greater as soon as noon came on. and rode merrily off. 'if you are so fond of her. Hans brushed his coat. so he smacked his lips and cried 'Jip!' Away went the horse full gallop. 'This riding is no joke. 'If I have only a piece of bread (and I certainly shall always be able to get that). in this puddle. merrily. and when I am thirsty I can milk my cow and drink the milk: and what can I wish for more?' When he came to an inn. and got upon his legs again. and gave away his last penny for a glass of beer. and said. and before Hans knew what he was about. he halted. rested a while. I can. every day. 'I can find a cure for this. took the silver. drew himself up. wished Hans and the cow good morning. into the bargain. when a man has the luck to get upon a beast like this that stumbles and flings him off as if it would break his neck. gave him the bridle into one hand and the whip into the other. His horse would have ran off. if a shepherd who was coming by. 'When you want to go very fast. turned out his toes. driving his cow towards his mother's village. When he had rested himself he set off again.

I was . Hans told him what had happened. and at last gave him such a kick on the head as knocked him down. alas!' said Hans. While he was trying his luck in milking. the uneasy beast began to think him very troublesome. my man?' said the butcher. drove it away. Whoever roasts and eats it will find plenty of fat upon it. saying. but not a drop was to be had. Your pig may get you into a scrape. 'how heavy it is.' Meantime the countryman began to look grave. holding it by the string that was tied to its leg. it is not tender enough for me. The countryman stopped to ask what was o'clock. and taking the pig off the wheel-barrow. it would at any rate make sausages. In the village I just came from. so I can't help doing you a kind turn. it has lived so well!' 'You're right. when one is asked to do a kind. 'but if you talk of fat. drink and refresh yourself. 'What is the matter with you. 'now I will milk my cow and quench my thirst': so he tied her to the stump of a tree. Then the butcher gave him a flask of ale. 'There.' said Hans. and shook his head. but he was now well repaid for all. which was to bring him milk and butter and cheese. 'my worthy friend. 'who would have thought it? What a shame to take my horse. as he helped him up. good for nothing but the slaughter-house?' 'Alas. this led to further chat. and yet it is only eight weeks old. how he had so many good bargains. and held his leathern cap to milk into. How could it be otherwise with such a travelling companion as he had at last got? The next man he met was a countryman carrying a fine white goose. To please you I will change. and how all the world went gay and smiling with him. driving a pig in a wheelbarrow. what will she be good for? I hate cow-beef. and all seemed now to go right with him: he had met with some misfortunes. the squire has had a pig stolen out of his sty. you seem a good sort of fellow. but found the cow was dry too.' said he. as he gave the butcher the cow.' 'Well.he. and give me only a dry cow! If I kill her. as he weighed it in his hand. and there he lay a long while senseless. how he was dry. neighbourly thing. my pig is no trifle. was all that time utterly dry? Hans had not thought of looking to that.' said the butcher. 'Hark ye!' said he. Luckily a butcher soon came by. So on he jogged. and Hans told him all his luck.' 'Heaven reward you for your kindness and self-denial!' said Hans. and said he was going to take the goose to a christening. your cow will give you no milk: don't you see she is an old beast. and give you my fine fat pig for the cow. The countryman than began to tell his tale. to be sure. 'Feel. Who would have thought that this cow. and wanted to milk his cow. 'I don't like to say no. If it were a pig now--like that fat gentleman you are driving along at his ease--one could do something with it. and managing the matter very clumsily.

working and singing. take my pig and give me the goose. How happy my mother will be! Talk of a pig. and they catch you. 'You must be well off. while Hans went on the way homewards free from care.' 'And the cow?' 'I gave a horse for it. he saw a scissor-grinder with his wheel. Then who so blythe. 'O'er hill and o'er dale So happy I roam.' thought he.' said the grinder.' said the other.' 'And where did you get the pig?' 'I gave a cow for it. 'Good man.' said the countryman. and drove off the pig by a side path.' Then he took the string in his hand. I have much the best of the bargain.' 'You have thriven well in the world hitherto. All the world is my home. and then I am sure I shall sleep soundly without rocking. 'pray get me out of this scrape. master grinder! you seem so happy at your work. First there will be a capital roast. indeed! Give me a fine fat goose. so merry as I?' Hans stood looking on for a while. 'now if you could find money in your pocket whenever you put your hand in it. then the fat will find me in goose-grease for six months. as you are in trouble.' As he came to the next village. and then there are all the beautiful white feathers. a good grinder never puts his hand into his pocket without finding money in it--but where did you get that beautiful goose?' 'I did not buy it.' 'And the horse?' 'I gave a lump of silver as big as my head for it. 'I should be the happiest man in the world. the rest will come of itself. but he may have been the squire's for aught I can tell: you know this country better than I do.' said the other. if I could have money . it will be a bad job for you. 'you only want a grindstone. 'After all. 'mine is a golden trade. I will not be hard upon you.' 'Very true: but how is that to be managed?' 'How? Why. you must turn grinder like myself. However. I don't care whose pig it is. but wherever it came from it has been a very good friend to me. Here is one that is but little the worse for wear: I would not ask more than the value of your goose for it--will you buy?' 'How can you ask?' said Hans.dreadfully afraid when I saw you that you had got the squire's pig. I will put them into my pillow. indeed! 'Tis not everyone would do so much for you as that. your fortune would be made. The least they will do will be to throw you into the horse-pond.' cried he.' 'And the silver?' 'Oh! I worked hard for that seven long years. 'that chap is pretty well taken in.' 'Yes. Work light and live well. and at last said. I know nothing of where the pig was either bred or born.' 'I ought to have something into the bargain. 'give a fat goose for a pig. If you have. Can you swim?' Poor Hans was sadly frightened. I gave a pig for it.

the ugly heavy stone. JORINDA AND JORINDEL There was once an old castle.' said the grinder. and could not move a step till she came and set him free. All the day long she flew about in the form of an owl. 'Surely I must have been born in a lucky hour. and down it rolled. When any young man came within a hundred paces of her castle. and hungry too. which she would not do till he had given her his word never to come there again: but when any pretty maiden came within that space she was changed into a bird. and told her how very easy the road to good luck was. but at night she always became an old woman again. and rest a while. 'How happy am I!' cried he. People are so kind.' Meantime he began to be tired. and walked on till he reached his mother's house. For a while he watched it sinking in the deep clear water.whenever I put my hand in my pocket: what could I want more? there's the goose. and the fairy put her into a cage.' Hans took the stone. There were seven hundred of these cages hanging in the castle. with tears in his eyes. or crept about the country like a cat. for the stone tired him sadly: and he dragged himself to the side of a river. free from all his troubles. and he said to himself. he forgot it. So he laid the stone carefully by his side on the bank: but. that he might take a drink of water. as he stooped down to drink. he became quite fixed. and all with . At last he could go no farther. that stood in the middle of a deep gloomy wood. pushed it a little. and giving me good bargains. plump into the stream.' Then up he got with a light heart.' 'Now. for he had given away his last penny in his joy at getting the cow. and again fell upon his knees and thanked Heaven. and hung her up in a chamber in the castle. they seem really to think I do them a favour in letting them make me rich. 'this is a most capital stone. 'nobody was ever so lucky as I. and you can make an old nail cut with it. and in the castle lived an old fairy. as he gave him a common rough stone that lay by his side. do but work it well enough. then sprang up and danced for joy. for its kindness in taking away his only plague. everything I could want or wish for comes of itself. Now this fairy could take any shape she pleased. and went his way with a light heart: his eyes sparkled for joy.

the owl flew into a bush. and beheld his Jorinda changed into a nightingale. turned pale. At last the fairy came back and sang with a hoarse . whose name was Jorindel.' It was a beautiful evening. and went away with it in her hand. One day they went to walk in the wood. and saw through the bushes that they had. the gloomy night came. jug_. And now the sun went quite down. 'The ring-dove sang from the willow spray. and a shepherd lad. and Jorindel said. was very fond of her. She was prettier than all the pretty girls that ever were seen before. sat down close under the old walls of the castle. Jorindel sat by her side. Now there was once a maiden whose name was Jorinda. nor stir hand or foot. he stood fixed as a stone. with staring eyes. Jorinda sat down to gaze upon the sun. seized the nightingale. and when they looked to see which way they should go home. and already half of its circle had sunk behind the hill: Jorindel on a sudden looked behind him. and three times screamed: 'Tu whu! Tu whu! Tu whu!' Jorindel could not move. and both felt sad. and could neither weep. without knowing it. and they were soon to be married. and a nose and chin that almost met one another. Jorinda was just singing. The sun was setting fast. he could not move from the spot where he stood. so that her song ended with a mournful _jug.beautiful birds in them. An owl with fiery eyes flew three times round them. Jorindel turned to see the reason. 'We must take care that we don't go too near to the fairy's castle. and trembled. nor speak. but it seemed as if they were to be parted from one another for ever. Well-a-day! Well-a-day! He mourn'd for the fate of his darling mate. They had wandered a long way. they found themselves at a loss to know what path to take. the last rays of the setting sun shone bright through the long stems of the trees upon the green underwood beneath. and the turtle-doves sang from the tall birches. they knew not why. and a moment after the old fairy came forth pale and meagre. Poor Jorindel saw the nightingale was gone--but what could he do? He could not speak. Well-a-day!' when her song stopped suddenly. that they might be alone. She mumbled something to herself. Then he shrank for fear.

and said he should never see her again. he began to search over hill and dale for this pretty flower. he found the beautiful purple flower. so that he went in through the court. and that there he found his Jorinda again. touched . and that in the middle of it lay a costly pearl. He ran or flew after her. 'what will become of me?' He could not go back to his own home. and eight long days he sought for it in vain: but on the ninth day. early in the morning. At last he came to the chamber where the fairy sat. then she went her way. and yet he did not become fixed as before. he sorrowed.voice: 'Till the prisoner is fast. but she could not come within two yards of him. and prayed her to give him back his dear Jorinda: but she laughed at him. he saw the fairy had taken down one of the cages. Jorindel was very glad indeed to see this. for the flower he held in his hand was his safeguard. and that everything he touched with it was disenchanted. In the morning when he awoke. he wept. and it sprang open. He prayed. but all in vain. but found that he could go quite close up to the door. He walked nearer than a hundred paces to it. but alas! there were many. At last he dreamt one night that he found a beautiful purple flower. with the seven hundred birds singing in the seven hundred cages. and listened when he heard so many birds singing. There stay! Oh. so he went to a strange village. but all in vain. and set out and travelled day and night. He looked around at the birds. and in the middle of it was a large dewdrop. And the spell has bound her. 'Alas!' he said. and how then should he find out which was his Jorinda? While he was thinking what to do. many nightingales. and employed himself in keeping sheep. and was making the best of her way off through the door. stay! When the charm is around her. he heard or saw nothing of Jorinda. Many a time did he walk round and round as near to the hated castle as he dared go. till he came again to the castle. When she saw Jorindel she was very angry. and went with it in his hand into the castle. as big as a costly pearl. Then he fell on his knees before the fairy. and screamed with rage. Then he touched the door with the flower. and he dreamt that he plucked the flower. Then he plucked the flower. And her doom is cast. Hie away! away!' On a sudden Jorindel found himself free.

as beautiful as when they walked together in the wood. 'Alas!' said the dog. 'For there. and began his journey towards the great city. 'by all means go with us to the great city. 'my master was going to knock me on the head.' The cat was pleased with the thought. because I am old and weak. His master therefore was tired of keeping him and began to think of putting an end to him. 'What makes you pant so. and was going to drown me.' 'Oh. and lived happily together many years: and so did a good many other lads. and screaming out with all his might and main. me!' said the cat. .' After he had travelled a little way. THE TRAVELLING MUSICIANS An honest farmer had once an ass that had been a faithful servant to him a great many years. and though I have been lucky enough to get away from her. so that they all took their old forms again. and they jogged on together. Soon afterwards. but the ass. my good lady. and try what you can do in the same way?' The dog said he was willing. and had rather lie at my ease by the fire than run about the house after the mice. my friend?' said the ass. but was now growing old and every day more and more unfit for work. my mistress laid hold of me. much longer than they liked. and he took Jorinda home. but what can I do to earn my livelihood?' 'Hark ye!' said the ass. and Jorinda stood before him.' thought he. and joined the party. so I ran away. 'Pray. they saw a cock perched upon a gate. where they were married. 'I may turn musician.' said the ass. and threw her arms round his neck looking as beautiful as ever.' said the ass. They had not gone far before they saw a cat sitting in the middle of the road and making a most rueful face. 'how can one be in good spirits when one's life is in danger? Because I am beginning to grow old. who saw that some mischief was in the wind. and may make your fortune as a musician. Then he touched all the other birds with the flower. whose maidens had been forced to sing in the old fairy's cages by themselves.the cage with the flower. he spied a dog lying by the roadside and panting as if he were tired. 'what's the matter with you? You look quite out of spirits!' 'Ah. and can no longer make myself useful to him in hunting. 'I am going to the great city to turn musician: suppose you go with me. you are a good night singer. I do not know what I am to live upon. as they were passing by a farmyard. took himself slyly off.

' said the cock: so they all four went on jollily together. before he went to sleep. our travellers soon sat down and dispatched what . and the cock screamed. Donkey.' added the dog. 'what do you see?' 'What do I see?' replied the ass. for I see a light. and as they drew near it became larger and brighter. I see a table spread with all kinds of good things. and the cat climbed up into the branches. we may get up some kind of a concert.' said the cock. 'I should not be the worse for a bone or two. who had been not a little frightened by the opening concert. and make broth of me for the guests that are coming on Sunday!' 'Heaven forbid!' said the ass. 'Yes. so they consulted together how they should contrive to get the robbers out. with a most hideous clatter! The robbers. at any rate. and then. and came tumbling into the room. and at last they hit upon a plan.' said the ass. it will be better.' 'With all my heart. The coast once clear. In doing this. the dog barked. till they at last came close to a house in which a gang of robbers lived. thinking that the higher he sat the safer he should be. looked out on all sides of him to see that everything was well. with his forefeet resting against the window. according to his custom. 'I was just now saying that we should have fine weather for our washing-day.' said Chanticleer. he saw afar off something bright and shining and calling to his companions said. you make a famous noise.' 'That would be a noble lodging for us. than staying here to have your head cut off! Besides. 'if we could only get in'.'Bravo!' said the ass. 'upon my word. pray what is all this about?' 'Why. and robbers sitting round it making merry. and the cock flew up and sat upon the cat's head. amongst the broken glass. 'Why. but threaten to cut off my head tomorrow. The ass. and yet my mistress and the cook don't thank me for my pains. flew up to the very top of the tree. the cat mewed. 'come with us Master Chanticleer. The ass and the dog laid themselves down under a great tree. The ass brayed. they went into a wood to sleep.' said the ass. marched up to the window and peeped in. so come along with us.' 'If that be the case. being the tallest of the company.' said the cock. the dog got upon his back. 'There must be a house no great way off. reach the great city the first day. who knows? If we care to sing in tune. They could not. so when night came on. for our lodging is not the best in the world!' 'Besides. When all was ready a signal was given. The ass placed himself upright on his hind legs. and then they all broke through the window at once. 'we had better change our quarters. and scampered away as fast as they could. the cat scrambled up to the dog's shoulders. 'Well. while the cock. however. or a bit of meat.' So they walked off together towards the spot where Chanticleer had seen the light. had now no doubt that some frightful hobgoblin had broken in upon them. and they began their music.

and we ought to give him a livelihood for the rest of his days. but the musicians were so pleased with their quarters that they took up their abode there. 'he has not a tooth in his head. he marched into the kitchen. as they were all rather tired with their journey. but there the dog jumped up and bit him in the leg. to be sure he has served us. The donkey laid himself down upon a heap of straw in the yard. and scratched at him. and held the match to them to light it. he has served us well a great many years. he mistook them for live coals. they began to think that they had been in too great a hurry to run away. and stabbed him in the leg.' But his wife said.the robbers had left. and groped about till he found a match in order to light a candle. and the cock perched upon a beam on the top of the house. the dog stretched himself upon a mat behind the door. 'Pray let the poor faithful creature live. and each once more sought out a resting-place to his own liking. how a man with a knife in his hand had hidden himself behind the door. I dare say. and away he ran to the back door. they soon fell asleep. the cat rolled herself up on the hearth before the warm ashes. and told the captain how a horrid witch had got into the house. crowed with all his might. when the robbers saw from afar that the lights were out and that all seemed quiet. and had lost all his teeth. But the cat. not understanding this joke. and one of them. went to see what was going on. and the cock. who had been awakened by the noise. At this the robber ran back as fast as he could to his comrades. and the thieves don't care for him at all. and as he was crossing over the yard the ass kicked him. for he is of no use now. and there they are.' 'But what can we do with him?' said the shepherd. 'Throw the rascal up here!' After this the robbers never dared to go back to the house. but then he did it to earn his livelihood. who was grown very old. This frightened him dreadfully. espying the glittering fiery eyes of the cat. and had spat at him and scratched his face with her long bony fingers. they put out the lights. And one day when the shepherd and his wife were standing together before the house the shepherd said. . sprang at his face. and then. and. who was bolder than the rest. Finding everything still. called Sultan. But about midnight. how a black monster stood in the yard and struck him with a club. and how the devil had sat upon the top of the house and cried out. and spat. 'I will shoot old Sultan tomorrow morning. with as much eagerness as if they had not expected to eat again for a month. OLD SULTAN A shepherd had a faithful dog. As soon as they had satisfied themselves. at this very day.

and told him all his sorrows. who was lying close by them. you must run after me as fast as you can. and saw the cat's long tail standing straight in the air. so he laid wait for him behind the barn door.' Poor Sultan.' said the wolf.' 'No. But Sultan had told his master what the wolf meant to do. then you may carry it back. and pretend to be watching it. so in the evening he went to his good friend the wolf. but turn your head the other way when I want to taste one of the old shepherd's fine fat sheep. Then the wolf was very angry.' and swore he would have his revenge. you know. heard all that the shepherd and his wife said to one another. 'I will be true to my master. 'I will give you some good advice. so he took her with him.' said the Sultan. Wife. So the next morning the wolf sent the boar to challenge Sultan to come into the wood to fight the matter. my good fellow. you must tell no tales. and lay it down behind the hedge in the shade while they are at work.' So from this time forward Sultan had all that he could wish for. goes out every morning very early with his wife into the field. and said. the wolf thought he was in joke. go home.tomorrow shall be his last day. and give him a good dinner. and I will let it drop. Your master.' The dog liked this plan very well. The wolf ran with the child a little way. Then the shepherd patted him on the head. and when the wolf was busy looking out for a good fat sheep. and how his master meant to kill him in the morning. and have plenty to eat. and they take their little child with them. the shepherd and his wife screamed out. that combed his locks for him finely. Now do you lie down close by the child. who lived in the wood. and therefore he shall live and be well taken care of. and came one night to get a dainty morsel. Now Sultan had nobody he could ask to be his second but the shepherd's old three-legged cat. and carried the poor little thing back to his master and mistress. and I will come out of the wood and run away with it. 'Make yourself easy. and accordingly so it was managed. and will be so thankful to you that they will take care of you as long as you live. The wolf and the wild boar were first on the ground. but Sultan soon overtook him. and as the poor thing limped along with some trouble. she stuck up her tail straight in the air. and said. depend upon it. 'Now. he had a stout cudgel laid about his back. and let him have my old cushion to sleep on as long as he lives. and they will think you have saved their child. and called Sultan 'an old rogue.' However. Soon afterwards the wolf came and wished him joy. 'Old Sultan has saved our child from the wolf. and was very much frightened to think tomorrow would be his last day. they thought she was carrying a sword for Sultan to . and when they espied their enemies coming.

'that as we have so fortunately escaped death. however. and thinking it was a mouse. When she was emptying the beans into the pan. and that it might burn the quicker. they thought she was picking up a stone to throw at them. THE COAL. THE STRAW. and ran away. sprang upon it. and as there was no bridge or foot-plank. Sultan and the cat soon came up. one dropped without her observing it. and they called him a cowardly rascal. but if the old woman had got me into the pan. 'Look up in the tree. she seized sixty of them at once. they did not know how they were to get over it. and soon afterwards a burning coal from the fire leapt down to the two. who had gathered together a dish of beans and wanted to cook them.' The proposition pleased the two others. and said: 'I will lay myself straight . and the wolf jumped up into a tree. Then the straw began and said: 'Dear friends. and looked about and wondered that no one was there. and took their lives. The straw hit on a good idea. roaring out. 'I think. and would not suffer him to come down till he was heartily ashamed of himself. so that the boar jumped up and grunted. and repair to a foreign country.--I should have been burnt to ashes.' The bean said: 'I too have escaped with a whole skin. she lighted it with a handful of straw. So she made a fire on her hearth. Soon.' 'But what are we to do now?' said the coal. for his ears stuck out of the bush. I should have been made into broth without any mercy.' So they looked up. 'The old woman has destroyed all my brethren in fire and smoke. and they set out on their way together. however. from whence do you come here?' The coal replied: 'I fortunately sprang out of the fire. and if I had not escaped by sheer force. and espied the wolf sitting amongst the branches. and the boar lay down behind a bush. they came to a little brook. and lay on the ground beside a straw. so they said they should not like this way of fighting. and when he shook one of them a little. like my comrades. and lest a new mischance should overtake us here. I luckily slipped through her fingers. we should go away together.' answered the bean. my death would have been certain. had not quite hidden himself. there sits the one who is to blame.' 'And would a better fate have fallen to my lot?' said the straw. and bit and scratched it. the cat. we should keep together like good companions. AND THE BEAN In a village dwelt a poor old woman. and every time she limped. seeing something move.fight with. and had promised to be good friends again with old Sultan. The boar.

began to burn. afraid. who was of an impetuous disposition. another . and before it swam away it lifted its head out of the water and said. and laughed so heartily that she burst. but as the tailor used black thread. and stood still. and plenty of good things to eat and drink. BRIAR ROSE A king and queen once upon a time reigned in a country a great way off. was unable to stop. Now this king and queen had plenty of money. in return for your kindness to me--you will soon have a daughter. that they might be kind and good to our little daughter. So twelve fairies came. likewise. But one day as the queen was walking by the side of the river. and threw it back again into the river. and it shall be fulfilled. however. at the bottom of the garden. The straw. so very beautiful that the king could not cease looking on it for joy. 'I know what your wish is. So he asked his kinsmen. who had prudently stayed behind on the shore. and the queen had a little girl. where there were in those days fairies. But when she had reached the middle. by good fortune. and heard the water rushing beneath her. that had thrown itself out of the water. had not sat down to rest by the brook. The bean thanked him most prettily.' The straw therefore stretched itself from one bank to the other. As he had a compassionate heart he pulled out his needle and thread. they were forced to leave one of the fairies without asking her.across. One gave her goodness. and plenty of fine clothes to wear.' What the little fish had foretold soon came to pass. a tailor who was travelling in search of work. and fell into the stream. and this grieved them very much indeed. and neighbours. It would have been all over with her. 'I will have the fairies also. but as the king and queen had only twelve golden dishes for them to eat out of. she saw a poor little fish. hissed when she got into the water. tripped quite boldly on to the newly-built bridge. and a coach to ride out in every day: but though they had been married many years they had no children. broke in two pieces. and show the child to all the land. and a long white wand in her hand: and after the feast was over they gathered round in a ring and gave all their best gifts to the little princess. But the queen said. could not but laugh at the event. and then you can walk over on me as on a bridge. and sewed her together. and ventured no farther. The bean. and friends.' Now there were thirteen fairies in the kingdom. Then the queen took pity on the little fish. and red shoes with high heels on her feet. and lay gasping and nearly dead on the bank. and the coal. and breathed her last. each with a high red cap on her head. The coal slipped after her. she was after all. and said he would hold a great feast and make merry. and nobles. if. all beans since then have a black seam.

and went to sleep. Now. should not really die. fell asleep too. so her gift was. the pigeons on the house-top. humming a tune.' said the old lady. as she had not been asked to the feast she was very angry. and set to work to take her revenge. who had not yet given her gift. and scolded the king and queen very much. and well behaved. and black shoes on her feet. and the spit that was turning about with a goose upon it for the king's dinner stood still. and she fell down lifeless on the ground. So she cried out. Just as eleven of them had done blessing her. and a broomstick in her hand: and presently up she came into the dining-hall. and the cook. but that she could soften its mischief. and there sat an old lady spinning away very busily. when the spindle wounded her. and took the spindle and began to try and spin. to which there was a narrow staircase ending with a little door. and fall down dead. In the door there was a golden key. Even the fire on the hearth left off blazing. who was at that moment pulling the kitchen-boy by the hair to give him a box . and said that the evil wish must be fulfilled. and good. and she was left alone in the palace. and so on till she had all that was good in the world. and all their court. but had only fallen into a deep sleep. so he ordered that all the spindles in the kingdom should be bought up and burnt. came forward. But scarcely had she touched it. the king and queen were not at home. and when she turned it the door sprang open. 'How prettily that little thing turns round!' said the princess. and nodded her head. another riches. 'The king's daughter shall. with a black cap on her head. and the king and the queen. the jack stopped. 'what are you doing there?' 'Spinning. before the fairy's prophecy was fulfilled. that the king's daughter. the king hoped still to save his dear child altogether from the threatened evil. 'Why. and word was brought that the thirteenth fairy was come. However. for the princess was so beautiful. while buzz! went the wheel. in her fifteenth year. but should only fall asleep for a hundred years. and wise. It happened that. a great noise was heard in the courtyard.beauty. However. that everyone who knew her loved her. be wounded by a spindle. she was not dead. and the horses slept in the stables. on the very day she was fifteen years old. good mother. So she roved about by herself. and looked at all the rooms and chambers. the spindle wounded her. how now.' said the princess. But all the gifts of the first eleven fairies were in the meantime fulfilled. till at last she came to an old tower. and the very flies slept upon the walls.' Then the twelfth of the friendly fairies. and the dogs in the court. who had just come home.

called Briar Rose. the flies were sleeping on the walls. with their heads under their wings. till at last the old palace was surrounded and hidden. and they shut in after him as thick as ever. and smiled upon him. the pigeons took their heads from under their wings. several kings' sons came. and there they stuck fast. and gazed on each other with great wonder. too. and they went out together. but he was bent upon going. And when he came into the palace. but that they had all stuck fast in it. and there in the court lay the dogs asleep. from time to time. so he stooped down and gave her a kiss. But the moment he kissed her she opened her eyes and awoke. But there went a report through all the land of the beautiful sleeping Briar Rose (for so the king's daughter was called): so that. and all was so still that he could hear every breath he drew. many years there came a king's son into that land: and an old man told him the story of the thicket of thorns. and there she lay. Then the young prince said. fell asleep with the jug at his lips: and thus everything stood still. the spit was standing still. and the horses were standing in the stables. and had tried to break through the thicket. 'All this shall not frighten me. Then he went on still farther. so that not even the roof or the chimneys could be seen. who was slyly tasting the ale. till at last he came to the old tower. and the dogs jumped up and barked. and all the court. many princes had come. how he had heard from his grandfather that many. with all her court. I will go and see this Briar Rose. as if she was going to beat the boy. And the horses shook themselves.on the ear for something he had done amiss. none of them could ever do. lay in it asleep. and how a beautiful palace stood behind it. and looked about and . and how a wonderful princess. and opened the door of the little room in which Briar Rose was. going to drink a draught. through which he went with ease.' The old man tried to hinder him. She looked so beautiful that he could not take his eyes off her. fast asleep on a couch by the window. and soon the king and queen also awoke. and the cook in the kitchen was still holding up her hand. however. as it were with hands. the maid sat with a fowl in her lap ready to be plucked. for the thorns and bushes laid hold of them. and slept soundly. and every year it became higher and thicker. A large hedge of thorns soon grew round the palace. and died wretchedly. and both fell asleep. This. Now that very day the hundred years were ended. He told. After many. and as the prince came to the thicket he saw nothing but beautiful flowering shrubs. and died. and on the roof sat the pigeons fast asleep. and tried to break through the thicket into the palace. Then he came at last to the palace. the butler. let him go. the butler had the jug of ale at his lips.

and the cook gave the boy the box on his ear. The sparrow.' So on they went together into the town: and as they passed by a butcher's shop.' answered he. the sparrow asked him whether he had had enough now. 'you shall have some more if you will.' 'If that be all. 'Yes. with the goose for the king's dinner upon it. 'Well. Whilst he slept. and off he ran in a very sad and sorrowful mood. and the wedding feast was given. till at last down it fell.' So the dog stretched himself out on the road.' said the dog. At last he could bear it no longer. and loaded with two casks of wine.flew into the fields. and I will soon find you plenty of food. there came by a carter with a cart drawn by three horses. Then the dog snapped it up. the flies on the walls buzzed again. so come with me to the next shop. On the road he met a sparrow that said to him. but as the weather was warm. 'do so. 'and now let us take a walk a little way out of the town. and they lived happily together all their lives long. and in the meantime I will perch upon that bush. they had not gone far before the dog said. the maid went on plucking the fowl. my good friend. seeing that the carter did not turn out of the way.' So the sparrow perched upon the shelf: and having first looked carefully about her to see if anyone was watching her. and have nothing to eat. the sparrow said to the dog. but would .' said he. and I will peck you down another steak. And then the prince and Briar Rose were married. and fell fast asleep.' 'Very well. but often let him suffer the greatest hunger. she pecked and scratched at a steak that lay upon the edge of the shelf.' So they both went out upon the high road.' When the dog had eaten this too. and scrambled away with it into a corner. round went the jack. When that was eaten. till they fell down: and as the dog still wished for more. 'come with me into the next town.' 'Come with me then. 'but I should like to have a piece of bread to eat after it.' answered the sparrow. so he took to his heels.' So she took him to a baker's shop. the fire in the kitchen blazed up. she took him to another shop and pecked down some more for him. and round went the spit. 'Well.' answered the sparrow. the butler finished his draught of ale. 'I am very very hungry. 'and you shall soon have that too.' said the sparrow. 'I am very much tired--I should like to take a nap. THE DOG AND THE SPARROW A shepherd's dog had a master who took no care of him. my friend?' 'Because. where he soon ate it all up.' said the sparrow. have you had enough now?' 'I have had plenty of meat. and pecked at two rolls that lay in the window. 'Stand there a little while till I peck you down a piece of meat. the sparrow said to him. 'Why are you so sad.

and pecked out the bung of the second cask. and without looking about him. and saw that the cart was dripping. called out. The carter ran up and struck at her again with his hatchet.' replied she. 'Not wretch enough yet!' and perched on the head of the second horse. that he fell down dead. 'what harm can you do me?' and passed on.' The carter was forced at last to leave his cart behind him. 'Not wretch enough yet!' said the sparrow. At last he looked round. 'Stop! stop! Mr Carter. Now mind what I say. grumbling to himself. she began to peck him too. for he saw that the corn was almost all gone. When the carter saw this. 'Not wretch enough yet!' answered the sparrow as she flew away.go on in the track in which the dog lay. 'What an unlucky wretch I am!' cried he. and pecked at him too. so as to drive over him. meaning to kill her. 'what ill luck has befallen me!--my wine is all spilt. 'Unlucky wretch that I am!' cried the carter. or it shall be the worse for you. I am sure. and they have fallen upon our corn in the loft. but she flew away. he drew out his hatchet and aimed a blow at the sparrow. and my horses all three dead. and to go home overflowing with rage and vexation. 'Not wretch enough yet!' said the sparrow.' said the brute. and the cask quite empty. and drove his cart over the poor dog. he again cried out. The carter was mad with fury. she again crept under the tilt of the cart.' cried the sparrow. 'thy cruelty shall cost thee they life yet!' and away she flew. 'and a wicked bird has come into the house. But the sparrow crept under the tilt of the cart. 'Not wretch enough yet!' said the sparrow. 'Miserable wretch that I am!' But the sparrow answered. with the sparrow in the midst of them. and has brought with her all the birds in the world. so that the wheels crushed him to death. went down . 'Alas!' said he to his wife. struck again at the sparrow. 'Unlucky wretch that I am!' said he. and are eating it up at such a rate!' Away ran the husband upstairs. 'Alas! miserable wretch that I am!' cried he. This deed of thine shall cost thee all thou art worth. and welcome. and pecked at the bung of one of the casks till she loosened it. without the carter seeing it. as she alighted upon the head of one of the horses.' 'Alas! husband. When the carter saw this. indeed! what can you do?' cracked his whip. and than all the wine ran out. and the blow fell upon the second horse and killed him on the spot. thou hast killed my friend the dog. 'You make it the worse for me. and saw thousands of birds sitting upon the floor eating up his corn. and pecked at him till he reared up and kicked. but away she flew. 'Not wretch enough yet!' said the sparrow. or caring what he was about. And as the carter went on with the other two horses.' 'Do your worst. but killed his third horse as he done the other two. and perching upon the third horse.' But the carter. 'now will I plague and punish thee at thy own house. 'There. 'Unlucky wretch that I am!' cried he. The carter seeing that he had thus lost all that he had. so that all the wine ran out. 'thou cruel villain. and the blow fell upon the poor horse's head with such force.

that they broke all their furniture. after three days and nights. benches. I will eat her. 'Carter! it shall cost thee thy life!' Then he became mad and blind with rage. but whoever tried and did not succeed. He was well entertained. but sat himself angrily and sulkily in the chimney corner. without touching the bird at all. that if any person could discover the secret.' But the sparrow began to flutter about. But the king's son soon fell asleep. 'Carter! it shall cost thee thy life yet!' With that he could wait no longer: so he gave his wife the hatchet. he should have the one he liked best for his wife. and. but every morning their shoes were found to be quite worn through as if they had been danced in all night. 'Wife. they caught her: and the wife said. and struck the window-seat with such force that he cleft it in two: and as the sparrow flew from place to place. and only broke the window. but it missed her. or where they had been. They slept in twelve beds all in one room. the carter and his wife were so furious. and cried 'Carter! thy cruelty shall cost thee thy life!' With that he jumped up in a rage. the table. and should be king after his death. should be put to death. and at last the walls. and find out where it was that the princesses danced in the night. A king's son soon came. the door of his chamber was left open. THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES There was a king who had twelve beautiful daughters. but she missed her aim.' And the wife struck. 'Shall I kill her at once?' 'No. strike at the bird and kill her in my hand. glasses. and yet nobody could find out how it happened. and when he awoke in the morning he found that the princesses had all been dancing. and the sparrow flew quietly home to her nest.' cried he. and was still not sorry for what he had done. and cried. and stretch out her neck and cried.into his kitchen. and hit her husband on the head so that he fell down dead. But the sparrow sat on the outside of the window. the doors were shut and locked up. In the end. Then the king made it known to all the land. perched upon the window-seat. and cried. however. The sparrow now hopped in. and in the evening was taken to the chamber next to the one where the princesses lay in their twelve beds. and when they went to bed. in order that nothing might pass without his hearing it. There he was to sit and watch where they went to dance. for the soles of their shoes were full of holes. seized his hatchet. The same thing happened the second and third night: so the king ordered his head to be . and threw it at the sparrow. chairs. 'that is letting her off too easily: she shall die a much more cruel death.

put on the cloak which the old woman had given him. he met an old woman. After him came several others. and did not stir hand or foot: so they thought they were quite safe.' 'Well. and the bed sank into the floor and a trap-door flew open.' When the soldier heard all this good counsel. 'I don't know how it is. and said he was willing to undertake the task. and the king ordered fine royal robes to be given him. who asked him where he was going.cut off. and the eldest said. and thinking he had no time to lose. Just as he was going to lie down. and the eldest went up to her own bed and clapped her hands. The soldier saw them going down through the trap-door one after another.' said the old dame. and in a little while began to snore very loud as if he was fast asleep. and skipped about as if they were eager to begin dancing. When the twelve princesses heard this they laughed heartily. and took out all their fine clothes. they went and looked at the soldier. He was as well received as the others had been.' 'You simpleton. Now it chanced that an old soldier. passed through the country where this king reigned: and as he was travelling through a wood. he would have slept soundly enough. even if I had not given him his sleeping draught. the eldest leading the way. and you will then be able to follow the princesses wherever they go. 'that is no very hard task: only take care not to drink any of the wine which one of the princesses will bring to you in the evening. have you forgotten how many kings' sons have already watched in vain? And as for this soldier. and as soon as she leaves you pretend to be fast asleep. 'I hardly know where I am going.' When they were all ready. the eldest of the princesses brought him a cup of wine. he determined to try his luck: so he went to the king.' Then she gave him a cloak. But the youngest said.' said the eldest. 'you are always afraid. or what I had better do. and then in time I might be a king. but the soldier threw it all away secretly. Then he laid himself down on his bed. 'but I think I should like very well to find out where it is that the princesses dance. but in the middle of the stairs he trod on the gown of the youngest . while you are so happy I feel very uneasy. and dressed themselves at the glass. but he snored on. I am sure some mischance will befall us. who had been wounded in battle and could fight no longer. but they had all the same luck. and when the evening came he was led to the outer chamber. taking care not to drink a drop. and followed them. he jumped up. 'This fellow too might have done a wiser thing than lose his life in this way!' Then they rose up and opened their drawers and boxes.' said the soldier. 'As soon as you put that on you will become invisible. and all lost their lives in the same manner. and said.

and the soldier. who were crying for joy. from which came the merry music of horns and trumpets. and she cried out to her sisters. and the leaves were all of silver.' 'It is only the heat of the weather. and went into the castle. So they went on till they came to a great lake.' Then they came to another grove of trees. and afterwards to a third. the soldier ran on before the princesses. and each prince danced with his princess. and every time there was a loud noise. There they all landed. they heard him snoring in his bed. the youngest sister was terribly frightened. put away their fine . and on the opposite shore they took leave of each other. who are shouting for joy at our approach. then they undressed themselves. who was all the time invisible. who seemed to be waiting there for the princesses. danced with them too. 'It is only our princes. As they were rowing over the lake. 'I am sure all is not right--did not you hear that noise? That never happened before. so they said. but the eldest still said. someone took hold of my gown. too. so that when she put the cup to her mouth it was empty. where the leaves were all glittering diamonds. And the soldier broke a branch from each. and at the side of the lake there lay twelve little boats with twelve handsome princes in them.princess. They danced on till three o'clock in the morning.' Then down they all went.' 'You silly creature!' said the eldest.' On the other side of the lake stood a fine illuminated castle.' But the eldest said. and then all their shoes were worn out. and I am quite tired: the boat seems very heavy today. the prince who was in the boat with the youngest princess and the soldier said. but the eldest always silenced her. he drank it all up. so he broke off a little branch. At this. the princesses promising to come again the next night. 'Now all is quite safe'. The soldier wished to take away some token of the place. and laid himself down. where all the leaves were of gold. so that they were obliged to leave off. One of the princesses went into each boat. and as the twelve sisters slowly came up very much tired. 'All is not right. and at the bottom they found themselves in a most delightful grove of trees. The princes rowed them back again over the lake (but this time the soldier placed himself in the boat with the eldest princess).' said the princess: 'I feel it very warm too. 'I do not know why it is. When they came to the stairs. which made the youngest sister tremble with fear. 'it is nothing but a nail in the wall. it was only the princes. but though I am rowing with all my might we do not get on so fast as usual. Then the youngest daughter said again. and the soldier stepped into the same boat with the youngest. and glittered and sparkled beautifully. and there came a loud noise from the tree. and when any of the princesses had a cup of wine set by her.

I will have nothing to do with a fish that can talk: so swim away. The fisherman used to go out all day long a-fishing. and went to bed. all on a sudden his float was dragged away deep into the water: and in drawing it up he pulled out a great fish. but determined to see more of this strange adventure. and the soldier was chosen to be the king's heir. and that it was of no use to deny what had happened. When the fisherman went home to his wife in the pigsty. However.'--And they were married that very day. he was taken before the king with the three branches and the golden cup. 'I am not very young. he told her how he had caught a great fish. so I will have the eldest. I am an enchanted prince: put me in the water again. he had let it go again. close by the seaside. And when the king asked him. 'Did not you ask it for anything?' said the wife. 'we live very wretchedly here. and showed him the three branches and the golden cup which he had brought with him. on hearing it speak. and asked them whether what the soldier said was true: and when they saw that they were discovered. and the twelve princesses stood listening behind the door to hear what he would say. THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE There was once a fisherman who lived with his wife in a pigsty.clothes. ho!' said the man. in this nasty dirty pigsty. and how it had told him it was an enchanted prince. And the king asked the soldier which of them he would choose for his wife. and how. on the third night the soldier carried away one of the golden cups as a token of where he had been. 'With twelve princes in a castle under ground. As soon as the time came when he was to declare the secret. 'you need not make so many words about the matter. and one day. looking at the sparkling waves and watching his line. the princesses danced each time till their shoes were worn to pieces. pulled off their shoes. In the morning the soldier said nothing about what had happened. and he answered. do go back and tell the fish we want a snug . and every thing happened just as before. as soon as you please!' Then he put him back into the water. and the fish darted straight down to the bottom. and then returned home. they confessed it all. as he sat on the shore with his rod. Then the king called for the princesses.' And then he told the king all that had happened. and let me go!' 'Oh. 'Pray let me live! I am not a real fish. and went again the second and third night. and left a long streak of blood behind him on the wave. sir. 'Where do my twelve daughters dance at night?' he answered. But the fish said.

And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!' Then the fish came swimming to him. go along and try!' The fisherman went. we ought to be easy with this pretty cottage to live in. 'he will do it very willingly.' said his wife. and said: 'O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will. full of ducks and chickens. 'I don't like to go to him again.' 'Nonsense!' said the wife. and a kitchen. it looked blue and gloomy. what is her will? What does your wife want?' 'Ah!' said the fisherman. he went to the seashore. 'Ah!' said the fisherman. 'she says that when I had caught you.' 'Wife. and saw his wife standing at the door of a nice trim little cottage. And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!' 'Well. and then Dame Ilsabill said. And he stood at the water's edge. 'how happily we shall live now!' 'We will try to do so. but his heart was very heavy: and when he came to the sea. there is not near room enough for us in this cottage. 'Well. . and wants a snug little cottage. 'Husband.' said the fisherman. come in!' said she. then. I should like to have a large stone castle to live in: go to the fish again and tell him to give us a castle. 'Come in. and when he came back there the water looked all yellow and green. she does not like living any longer in the pigsty. what does she want now?' said the fish. Everything went right for a week or two.' The fisherman did not much like the business: however. the courtyard and the garden are a great deal too small. planted with all sorts of flowers and fruits. and a bedchamber.little cottage. though it was very calm. at least. and he went close to the edge of the waves.' 'Go home. and said. 'Ah!' said the man. and behind the cottage there was a little garden. 'she is in the cottage already!' So the man went home.' said the fish. and there was a courtyard behind. I ought to have asked you for something before I let you go. and said: 'O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will. I know. for perhaps he will be angry. 'is not this much better than the filthy pigsty we had?' And there was a parlour.

This time the sea looked a dark grey colour. for we must be king of all the land.' said she. and she jogged the fisherman with her elbow. 'I am king. and goats.' said she. 'how can you be king--the fish cannot make you a king?' 'Husband. 'Get up.' said the fish. what would she have now?' said the fish.' said she. 'is not this grand?' With that they went into the castle together. 'Husband.' said the man. 'Alas!' said the poor man. wife! what a fine thing it is to be king! Now we shall never have anything more to wish for as long as we live. but go and try! I will be king. wife. and the rooms all richly furnished.' 'I don't know how that may be. and behind the castle was a garden.' So the man went away quite sorrowful to think that his wife should want to be king. and found a great many servants there. and hares. and bestir yourself. and heard the sound of drums and trumpets. he said. 'See. 'Well.' 'Perhaps we may. and found his wife standing before the gate of a great castle. each a head taller than the other. 'never is a long time.' said the wife. And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!' 'Well.' And when he had looked at her for a long time. wife! why should you wish to be emperor?' said the fisherman.' So away went the fisherman.dolefully.' So they went to bed.' 'Go home. and around it was a park half a mile long.' said the fisherman. wife. 'Ah.' Then the fisherman went home. 'my wife wants to be king. before we make up our minds to that. wife. 'say no more about it. 'are you king?' 'Yes. 'my wife wants to live in a stone castle. 'Well.' said the fisherman. then. it is true. 'she is king already. 'go to the fish! . and in the courtyard were stables and cow-houses. 'but let us sleep upon it.' said she. I am king.' 'Then I will. but I begin to be tired of that. and on each side of her stood six fair maidens. and deer.' said the fish. 'But. and full of golden chairs and tables. and was overspread with curling waves and the ridges of foam as he cried out: 'O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will.' said the man. 'why should we wish to be the king? I will not be king. with a golden crown upon her head.' said she. 'now we will live cheerful and happy in this beautiful castle for the rest of our lives. 'she is standing at the gate of it already. and I think I should like to be emperor.' 'Wife.' 'Alas.' 'Go home. And when he went in he saw his wife sitting on a throne of gold and diamonds. and said. and as he came close to the palace he saw a troop of soldiers. husband.' said she. The next morning when Dame Ilsabill awoke it was broad daylight. full of sheep.

'This will come to no good. 'I will be pope this very day. and on each side of her stood her guards and attendants in a row. and said: . and then we shall be sorry for what we have done. 'Wife.' 'O wife.' So he went home again.' 'Ah!' said the man. At this sight the fisherman was dreadfully frightened. it is too much to ask.' said she. In the middle of the heavens there was a little piece of blue sky. as he gazed upon her.' 'Husband. so go at once!' So the fisherman was forced to go. 'Ah!' said the fisherman. he can make a pope: go and try him. And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!' 'What would she have now?' said the fish.' He soon came to the seashore.' 'What nonsense!' said she. and dukes. 'how can you be pope? there is but one pope at a time in Christendom. and the ships were in trouble.' replied the husband. as if a dreadful storm was rising. and earls: and the fisherman went up to her and said.' said she. and a mighty whirlwind blew over the waves and rolled them about. and I should not like to ask him for such a thing.' said the fish. 'she is emperor already. But when he came to the shore the wind was raging and the sea was tossed up and down in boiling waves. wife!' said he. 'if he can make an emperor. and as he came near he saw his wife Ilsabill sitting on a very lofty throne made of solid gold. each one smaller than the other. and the water was quite black and muddy. 'she wants to be emperor. wife!' replied the fisherman. I am sure. 'the fish cannot make you pope. with a great crown on her head full two yards high. 'the fish cannot make an emperor. 'and you are my slave.' 'Ah.' So the fisherman went. but he went as near as he could to the water's brink.' 'But. but towards the south all was red. and said: 'O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will.' 'I am king. 'why should we stop at being emperor? I will be pope next. 'what a fine thing it is to be emperor!' 'Husband.' said she. And before her stood princes. and rolled fearfully upon the tops of the billows. 'I am emperor. and he trembled so that his knees knocked together: but still he went down near to the shore. are you emperor?' 'Yes.' said Ilsabill.' 'Go home. and he muttered as he went along. the fish will be tired at last.I say I will be emperor. from the tallest giant down to a little dwarf no bigger than my finger.

And all the heavens became black with stormy clouds. wife!' said he. as he looked at all this greatness. 'are you pope?' 'Yes. as well as he could: 'O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will. 'she is pope already. wife. 'Wife.' The fisherman was half asleep. and as he was going down to the shore a dreadful storm arose. and said. but the thought frightened him so much that he started and fell out of bed. 'I am very uneasy as long as the sun and moon rise without my leave. and the thunders rolled.' 'I will think about that. the greatest as large as the highest and biggest tower in the world. morning broke.' said the fisherman. 'after all I cannot prevent the sun rising. so that the trees and the very rocks shook. 'Alas. 'to your pigsty . and the least no larger than a small rushlight. of all sizes. And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!' 'What does she want now?' said the fish. 'Ha!' thought she.' said she. 'Ah!' said he. Go to the fish at once!' Then the man went shivering with fear. And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!' 'What does she want now?' said the fish. for you can be nothing greater. go to the fish and tell him I must be lord of the sun and moon.' 'Go home.' said she.' 'Well. and cried out.' At this thought she was very angry. as she was dropping asleep. 'it is a grand thing to be pope. and you might have seen in the sea great black waves. 'cannot you be easy with being pope?' 'No. At last. and around her stood all the pomp and power of the Church. 'I am pope. as she woke up and looked at it through the window. And the fisherman crept towards the sea. and wakened her husband. and the lightnings played. And she had three great crowns on her head. and found Ilsabill sitting on a throne that was two miles high. 'Husband. 'she wants to be lord of the sun and moon. Then they went to bed: but Dame Ilsabill could not sleep all night for thinking what she should be next. swelling up like mountains with crowns of white foam upon their heads. 'Ah!' said the fisherman.'O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will. and the sun rose. 'my wife wants to be pope.' Then the fisherman went home. and now you must be easy.' said the wife.' replied he.' 'Go home. And on each side of her were two rows of burning lights.' said the fish.' said the fish.

you will have to pay for that!' The bear and the wolf grew uneasy. and when a short time had passed. not only birds.' said the bear.' So they took stock of the hole where the nest lay.' and he at once flew with the Queen to the bear's cave.' Soon afterwards.' said the wolf. not if we were dying of hunger. bees and flies had to come.' said the wolf.' In reality the bird was the willow-wren. and every other animal the earth contained. they were frightfully angry. take me thither. The King and Queen had just flown out. come. deer. oxen.' 'That is not done quite as you seem to think. you must wait until the lord and lady Queen have gone away again. could not rest until he had seen the royal palace. The bear would have liked to go at once. you are disreputable children!' When the young wrens heard that. and when their parents again brought food they said: 'We will not so much as touch one fly's leg. but midges. and turned back and went into their holes. until you have settled whether we are respectable children or not.' Thus war was announced to the Bear. and called in: 'Old Growler. continued to cry and scream. cows. however. the bear has been here and has insulted us!' Then the old King said: 'Be easy. why have you insulted my children? You shall suffer for it--we will punish you by a bloody war. went to it again.' And there they live to this very day. and said: 'No. he shall be punished. and they began to feed their young ones. 'I should very much like to see his royal palace. and the bear heard a bird singing so beautifully that he said: 'Brother wolf. When the time came for the war to begin. The young willow-wrens. and all four-footed animals were summoned to take part in it. THE WILLOW-WREN AND THE BEAR Once in summer-time the bear and the wolf were walking in the forest.again. what bird is it that sings so well?' 'That is the King of birds. however. that we are not! Our parents are honest people! Bear. the willow-wren sent out spies . large and small. but the wolf held him back by the sleeve. and hornets. asses. the Queen arrived with some food in her beak. 'before whom we must bow down. and screamed: 'No. And the willow-wren summoned everything which flew in the air. 'it is a wretched palace. The bear. and the lord King came too. 'Is that the royal palace?' cried the bear. so he peeped in and saw five or six young ones lying there. and you are not King's children. and trotted away. no. 'IF that's the case. 'you must wait until the Queen comes.

The gnat. The willow-wren with his army also came flying through the air with such a humming. which almost looks like a plume of red feathers. before we will do that. she flew away again. eat and drink to your heart's content. all is going well. each into his hole. flew into the forest where the enemy was assembled. But the willow-wren sent down the hornet. that rose in the midst of it. and went out to take a walk by herself in a wood. at the second sting. from pain. the bear must come to the nest. he could hold out no longer. screamed. you are the most cunning of all animals. he was forced to put it down for a moment. you shall be general and lead us. and made merry till quite late into the night. and when she came to a cool spring of water. and swarming that every one was uneasy and afraid. and sat down together and ate and drank. and the birds had won the battle.' So the bear crept thither in the greatest fear. THE FROG-PRINCE One fine evening a young princess put on her bonnet and clogs. and hid herself beneath a leaf of the tree where the password was to be announced.to discover who was the enemy's commander-in-chief. 'but what signal shall we agree upon?' No one knew that. which was her . you are to come to the nest to my children. and sting with all his might.' 'Good. all the four-footed animals came running up with such a noise that the earth trembled. run away as fast as you can. who was the most crafty. to the willow-wren. we have won the battle!' But the young wrens said: 'We will not eat yet. And now at last the young wrens were satisfied. When the fox felt the first string. There stood the bear. they thought all was lost. When I lift my tail up quite high.' Then the willow-wren flew to the bear's hole and cried: 'Growler. and revealed everything. and you must charge. and beg for pardon and say that we are honourable children. and beg their pardon. Now she had a golden ball in her hand. and whirring. but he bore it. and the battle was to begin. rejoice. at the third. When day broke. Then the King and Queen flew home to their children and cried: 'Children. When the animals saw that. and begged their pardon. and he called the fox before him and said: 'Fox. she sat herself down to rest a while. and on both sides they advanced against each other. and still kept his tail high in the air. but if I let it hang down. down to the minutest detail. and began to flee. with orders to settle beneath the fox's tail.' When the gnat had heard that. and put his tail between his legs. or else every rib of your body shall be broken.' said the fox. he started so that he lifted one leg. so the fox said: 'I have a fine long bushy tail.

and she was so overjoyed to have it in her hand again. 'Stay. and therefore I will tell him he shall have what he asks. At this sight she was sadly frightened. and there she saw the frog. but if you will love me. her father.' thought the princess.' So she said to the frog. till at last it fell down into the spring. 'Princess. and said. 'There is a nasty frog. if you will bring me my ball. 'Alas! if I could only get my ball again. and everything that I have in the world. though he may be able to get my ball for me. and the ball bounded away.' The frog said.favourite plaything. and she was always tossing it up into the air. why do you weep so bitterly?' 'Alas!' said she.' Whilst she was speaking. my princess dear. I will do all you ask. in the greenwood shade. you nasty frog? My golden ball has fallen into the spring. and catching it again as it fell. 'Well. and sleep upon your bed. she heard a strange noise--tap. I will bring you your ball again. The king. tap--plash.' Then the princess ran to the door and opened it. that lifted my ball for me out of the spring this morning: I told him that he should live with me here. As soon as the young princess saw her ball. thinking that he could never . and dived deep under the water. a frog put its head out of the water. and take me with you as you said. but it was very deep. but ran home with it as fast as she could. and after a little while he came up again. and threw it on the edge of the spring. and shutting the door as fast as she could came back to her seat. asked her what was the matter. 'what can you do for me. so deep that she could not see the bottom of it. 'at the door. 'I want not your pearls. she ran to pick it up.' But she did not stop to hear a word. and a little voice cried out and said: 'Open the door. I would give all my fine clothes and jewels. After a time she threw it up so high that she missed catching it as it fell.' Then the frog put his head down. Open the door to thy true love here! And mind the words that thou and I said By the fountain cool.' said she. seeing that something had frightened her. plash--as if something was coming up the marble staircase: and soon afterwards there was a gentle knock at the door. whom she had quite forgotten. and said.' 'What nonsense. The princess looked into the spring after her ball. that she never thought of the frog. The frog called after her. just as the princess had sat down to dinner. and fine clothes. and rolled along upon the ground. 'this silly frog is talking! He can never even get out of the spring to visit me. with the ball in his mouth. Then she began to bewail her loss. The next day. and jewels. princess. and let me live with you and eat from off your golden plate.

and when he had eaten as much as he could. and slept upon her pillow as before. 'Put your plate nearer to me. instead of the frog.' thought the princess. and put me into your bed. As soon as it was light he jumped up. carry me upstairs. hopped downstairs.' said the prince. and sleep upon her bed for three nights. who had changed him into a frog. plash--from the bottom of the room to the top. gazing on her with the most beautiful eyes she had ever seen. and the frog hopped into the room. He told her that he had been enchanted by a spiteful fairy. in the greenwood shade. and now I have nothing to wish for but that you should go with me into my father's kingdom. a handsome prince.' She did so. and let him eat from her plate. and said: 'Open the door.' But she was mistaken. and that he had been fated so to abide till some princess should take him out of the spring.' And the princess. and standing at the head of her bed. he said. where I will . my princess dear. 'You. Open the door to thy true love here! And mind the words that thou and I said By the fountain cool.' As soon as she had done this. for when night came again she heard the same tapping at the door. 'and let me sit next to you. and put him upon the pillow of her own bed.' While she was speaking the frog knocked again at the door. And the third night he did the same. my princess dear. and then straight on--tap. But when the princess awoke on the following morning she was astonished to see.' Then the king said to the young princess. in the greenwood shade. that I may eat out of it. and the frog came once more. till he came up close to the table where the princess sat. 'have broken his cruel charm.get out of the spring.' This she did. till the morning broke. and went out of the house. though very unwilling. so go and let him in. and I shall be troubled with him no more. then. 'at last he is gone. Open the door to thy true love here! And mind the words that thou and I said By the fountain cool. took him up in her hand. where he slept all night long. tap--plash.' And when the princess opened the door the frog came in. 'As you have given your word you must keep it. and said: 'Open the door. 'Now I am tired. and he wants to come in.' said he to the princess. 'Pray lift me upon chair. but there he is at the door. the frog said. 'Now.

She went straight to the church. They then took leave of the king. think of me.' So the pot was placed in safety.' The good advice was followed. and had said so much to her about the great love and friendship she felt for her.' answered the cat. little mouse. but they did not know where to put it. decked with plumes of feathers and a golden harness. and has asked me to be godmother. who had bewailed the misfortunes of his dear master during his enchantment so long and so bitterly. and had not been asked to be godmother. cannot venture everywhere. 'But we must make a provision for winter. We will set it beneath the altar. Let me go out today. CAT AND MOUSE IN PARTNERSHIP A certain cat had made the acquaintance of a mouse. 'Well. and not until it was evening did she return home.' said the mouse.marry you. that his heart had well-nigh burst. but it was not long before the cat had a great yearning for it. here you are again. after much consideration. and then stretched herself in the sun. and licked her lips whenever she thought of the pot of fat. was not long in saying 'Yes' to all this. Then she took a walk upon the roofs of the town. however. and licked the top of the fat off. and if you get anything very good to eat. for the prince's kingdom. for no one dares take anything away from there. 'What name did they . full of joy and merriment. and behind the coach rode the prince's servant. and there they lived happily a great many years. and love you as long as you live. he is white with brown spots.' said the cat.' 'Yes. 'by all means go. the cat had no cousin. and got into the coach with eight horses. yes. my cousin has brought a little son into the world. you may be sure. looked out for opportunities. 'no doubt you have had a merry day.' The young princess. the cat said: 'I know no place where it will be better stored up than in the church. faithful Heinrich. and as they spoke a gay coach drove up. and you look after the house by yourself. At length. which they reached safely. and a pot of fat was bought.' All this. began to lick at it. and said to the mouse: 'I want to tell you something. that at length the mouse agreed that they should live and keep house together.' answered the mouse. and I am to hold him over the font at the christening. or you will be caught in a trap some day. or else we shall suffer from hunger. little mouse. 'and you. and all set out. was untrue. I should like a drop of sweet red christening wine myself. with eight beautiful horses. and not touch it until we are really in need of it. stole to the pot of fat.' 'All went off well.

but the cat crept behind the town walls to the church. and was quite satisfied with her day's work. and said: 'Come. 'it is no worse than Crumb-stealer. I cannot refuse. but when they arrived. and. but when the winter had come and there was no longer anything to be found outside. and are filled with fancies. 'Alas!' said the mouse. as your godchildren are called. it has not a single white hair on its whole body.' 'You sit at home. 'in your dark-grey fur coat and long tail. but the greedy cat entirely emptied the pot of fat. and well filled and fat she did not return home till night. the pot of fat certainly was still in its place. we will go to our pot of fat which we have stored up for ourselves--we shall enjoy that. and once more manage the house for a day alone. 'I am asked to stand godmother again.' said the cat.give the child?' 'Top off!' said the cat quite coolly. 'Top off!' cried the mouse. The child is quite black.' said the cat. 'Half-done! What are you saying? I never heard the name in my life.' said she to herself.' said she. curled herself up. cat. as the child has a white ring round its neck. only it has white paws. The mouse at once asked what name had been given to the third child. I'll wager anything it is not in the calendar!' The cat's mouth soon began to water for some more licking.' cried the mouse 'that is the most suspicious name of all! I have never seen it in print. now it comes to light! You a true friend! You have devoured all when you were standing godmother. is it a usual one in your family?' 'What does that matter.' Before long the cat was seized by another fit of yearning. and put it in order. 'It will not please you more than the others. this only happens once every few years. I am again asked to be godmother. 'they are such odd names. won't you?' 'Top-off! Half-done!' answered the mouse. 'you will enjoy it as much as you would enjoy sticking that dainty tongue of yours out of the window. First . that's because you do not go out in the daytime. 'that is a very odd and uncommon name.' 'Yes. what can that mean?' and she shook her head. 'now I see what has happened. 'He is called All-gone.' The good mouse consented. you will let me go.' They set out on their way. When she went home the mouse inquired: 'And what was the child christened?' 'Half-done. the mouse thought of their provision. and lay down to sleep. they make me very thoughtful. 'Nothing ever seems so good as what one keeps to oneself.' said she.' 'All-gone. 'When everything is eaten up one has some peace.' said the cat. She said to the mouse: 'You must do me a favour.' During the cat's absence the mouse cleaned the house. 'All good things go in threes. All-gone. and devoured half the pot of fat. From this time forth no one invited the cat to be godmother. but with that exception.' answered the cat.' answered the cat. but it was empty.

and as the time drew near for her to be married.' Then they all took a sorrowful leave of the princess. for she was frightened. and gold. would she rue it. and I will eat you too. and silver. and cut off a lock of her hair.' said the maid. the princess began to feel very thirsty: and she said to her maid. and took a little knife. One day. and was very kind to her. and could speak. jewels. and her mother loved her dearly.' 'All-gone' was already on the poor mouse's lips.' . and knelt over the little brook. who was fond of the princess. for it is a charm that may be of use to you on the road. as they were riding along by a brook. get off yourself. And she gave her a waiting-maid to ride with her. and she wept and said. got upon her horse. and set off on her journey to her bridegroom's kingdom. then half-done. And there was a good fairy too. THE GOOSE-GIRL The king of a great land died.' Then she was so thirsty that she got down. and dared not bring out her golden cup. packed up a great many costly things. fine dresses.top off. Then the queen her mother. and drank. This child was a daughter. I shall not be your waiting-maid any longer. who was very beautiful. and said: 'Alas! alas! if thy mother knew it. Now the princess's horse was the fairy's gift. sadly. When she grew up. for I want to drink. and she put the lock of hair into her bosom. 'Alas! what will become of me?' And the lock answered her. seized her. scarcely had she spoken it before the cat sprang on her. and helped her mother to watch over her. and in short everything that became a royal bride. 'if you are thirsty. and fetch me some water in my golden cup out of yonder brook. she was betrothed to a prince who lived a great way off. and stoop down by the water and drink. that is the way of the world. Verily. When the time came for them to set out. and said. she got ready to set off on her journey to his country. 'Pray get down. 'one word more.' 'Nay. the fairy went into her bed-chamber. 'Take care of it. and gave it to the princess. dear child. then--' 'Will you hold your tongue. and swallowed her down. and it was called Falada. and give her into the bridegroom's hands. trinkets. Sadly. and left his queen to take care of their only child. and each had a horse for the journey.' cried the cat.

So when the bride had done drinking. 'I have a lad who takes . and held her head over the running stream. Sadly. but the true princess was told to stay in the court below. and lay down. and would have got upon Falada again. 'pray give the girl some work to do. so he amused himself by sitting at his kitchen window. Then all rode farther on their journey. but got upon her horse again. now that she had lost the hair.' Then the princess was so thirsty that she got off her horse.' The old king could not for some time think of any work for her to do. and even spoke more haughtily than before: 'Drink if you will.' And as she leaned down to drink. and fetch me some water to drink in my golden cup. that she may not be idle. that the bride began to feel very thirsty again. Now she was so frightened that she did not see it. sadly.' But the maid answered her. but at last he said. Now the old king happened just then to have nothing else to do. and the prince flew to meet them. and said. and you may have my horse instead'. 'Pray get down. and they went on in this way till at last they came to the royal court. and was very glad. and she saw that the poor bride would be in her power. but her maid saw it. There was great joy at their coming. and she was led upstairs to the royal chamber. As she looked very pretty.' said she. But Falada saw it all. the lock of hair fell from her bosom. when they came to a river. and he saw her in the courtyard. so she was forced to give up her horse. and the sun so scorching. At last. and too delicate for a waiting-maid. the maid said. he went up into the royal chamber to ask the bride who it was she had brought with her. that was thus left standing in the court below. and soon afterwards to take off her royal clothes and put on her maid's shabby ones. she forgot her maid's rude speech. and cried and said. and at last. looking at what was going on. and floated away with the water. thinking she was the one who was to be his wife. for she knew the charm. 'I shall ride upon Falada. so she said nothing to her maid's ill behaviour. this treacherous servant threatened to kill her mistress if she ever told anyone what had happened. but I shall not be your waiting-maid. and the real bride rode upon the other horse. Then the waiting-maid got upon Falada. as they drew near the end of their journey.But the princess was very gentle and meek. 'What will become of me?' And the lock of hair answered her again: 'Alas! alas! if thy mother knew it. and lifted the maid from her horse. and marked it well. 'I brought her with me for the sake of her company on the road. would she rue it. till the day grew so warm.

for it was very unruly. but the truth was. Away be it whirl'd Till the silvery locks Are all comb'd and curl'd! Then there came a wind.' said the prince. but when the true princess heard of it. and cut off the head. and rocks.' 'That I will. But the false bride said to the prince. but she cried: 'Blow. breezes. She carried her point. there thou hangest!' and the head answered: 'Bride. Early the next morning. And when she came to the meadow. pray do me one piece of kindness. through which she had to pass every morning and evening. she sat down upon a bank there. that the real bride was to help in watching the king's geese. and let down her waving locks of hair. would she rue it. she said sorrowfully: 'Falada. and plagued me sadly on the road'. there thou gangest! Alas! alas! if thy mother knew it. Sadly. sadly. Then the slaughterer said he would do as she wished. 'Then tell one of your slaughterers to cut off the head of the horse I rode upon. dales.' Now the name of this lad. blow! Let him after it go! O'er hills.care of my geese. and away it flew over the hills: and he was forced to turn and run after it. that there she might still see him sometimes. by the time he came back. was Curdken. and begged the man to nail up Falada's head against a large dark gate of the city. he ran up. she had done combing and curling her . 'Dear husband. and drove the geese on. and would have pulled some of the locks out. till. and tell all she had done to the princess. and the faithful Falada was killed. she may go and help him. which were all of pure silver. so strong that it blew off Curdken's hat. as she and Curdken went out through the gate. she wept. blow! Let Curdken's hat go! Blow. she was very much afraid lest Falada should some day or other speak. Falada. breezes.' Then they went out of the city. and when Curdken saw it glitter in the sun. bride. and nailed it up under the dark gate.

and wanted to take hold of it.' 'Why?' said the king. and had put it up again safe. and said. bride. 'When we go in the morning through the dark gate with our flock of geese. bride. she cries and talks with the head of a horse that hangs upon the wall. 'Because. but she cried out quickly: 'Blow. blow! Let him after it go! O'er hills. but they watched the geese until it grew dark in the evening. and says: 'Falada. The next morning. as they were going through the dark gate. Curdken went to the old king. Then he was very angry and sulky. and sat down again in the meadow. dales. In the evening. there thou gangest! Alas! alas! if they mother knew it. and Curdken ran up to her. Away be it whirl'd Till the silvery locks Are all comb'd and curl'd! Then the wind came and blew away his hat. Sadly. would she rue it. and then drove them homewards. Falada. she does nothing but tease me all day long.hair. and all was safe. 'I cannot have that strange girl to help me to keep the geese any longer. So they watched the geese till it grew dark. there thou hangest!' and the head answers: 'Bride. the poor girl looked up at Falada's head. and off it flew a great way. so that he had to run after it. and would not speak to her at all. after they came home. sadly. and began to comb out her hair as before. Falada. over the hills and far away. there thou gangest! . And Curdken said.' Then the king made him tell him what had happened. breezes. and when he came back she had bound up her hair again. there thou hangest!' and the head answered: 'Bride. blow! Let Curdken's hat go! Blow.' Then she drove on the geese. instead of doing any good. breezes. and rocks. and cried: 'Falada.

would she rue it. When they had eaten and drank. and how he was forced to run after it. that she had no peace till she had told him all the tale. And then he heard her say: 'Blow. for that she was merely a waiting-maid. she was so beautiful. Then he called his son and told him that he had only a false bride. but nobody knew her again. and carried away Curdken's hat. and without saying anything to the false bride. with the false princess on one side. for her beauty was quite dazzling to their eyes. and gazed on her with wonder. for when she had done the king ordered royal clothes to be put upon her. 'That I must not tell you or any man. and away went Curdken after it. word for word. So he began. and to leave his flock of geese to themselves. But the old king told the boy to go out again the next day: and when morning came. and how Falada answered. Sadly. and heard how meek and patient she had been. sadly. he placed himself behind the dark gate. and how. and he soon saw with his own eyes how they drove the flock of geese. All this the old king saw: so he went home without being seen. Away be it whirl'd Till the silvery locks Are all comb'd and curl'd! And soon came a gale of wind. and said. and the true one on the other. And it was very lucky for her that she did so. while the true bride stood by. and asked her why she did so: but she burst into tears. Then he went into the field. or I shall lose my life. she let down her hair that glittered in the sun. from beginning to end. and when the little goose-girl came back in the evening he called her aside. and were very merry. dales. And the young king rejoiced when he saw her beauty. after a little time. blow! Let Curdken's hat go! Blow. the old king said he would tell them a tale. and heard how she spoke to Falada. how his hat was blown away. breezes. blow! Let him after it go! O'er hills.' But the old king begged so hard. and told all the story of the .Alas! alas! if they mother knew it. now that she had her brilliant dress on. and she did not seem at all like the little goose-girl. breezes.' And Curdken went on telling the king what had happened upon the meadow where the geese fed. and hid himself in a bush by the meadow's side. the king ordered a great feast to be got ready for all his court. and rocks. The bridegroom sat at the top. while the girl went on combing and curling her hair.

'suppose we go together to the mountains. Now. So Chanticleer began to build a little carriage of nutshells: and when it was finished. but I'll not draw. or whether they were lazy and would not. 'no. and Chanticleer got upon the box. and returned the duck's blows with his sharp spurs so fiercely that she soon began to cry out for mercy. which was only granted her upon condition that she would draw the carriage home for them. crying. But Chanticleer was no coward. and as it was a lovely day. before the squirrel takes them all away. Partlet jumped into it and sat down. 'let us go and make a holiday of it together. get on as fast as you can. 'and as thou has judged thyself. 'Now. and they reigned over the kingdom in peace and happiness all their lives. THE ADVENTURES OF CHANTICLEER AND PARTLET 1. what business have you in my grounds? I'll give it you well for your insolence!' and upon that she fell upon Chanticleer most lustily. so shall it be done to thee. whether it was that they had eaten so many nuts that they could not walk. and should drag it from street to street till she was dead. duck. they stayed there till the evening. and restored the faithful Falada to life again. stop!' .' And away they went at a pretty good pace.' While this was passing. 'Stop. and eat as many as we can.' said this false bride.' 'With all my heart. 'That's a good joke!' said Chanticleer. they met a needle and a pin walking together along the road: and the needle cried out.' So they went to the mountains. they took it into their heads that it did not become them to go home on foot.' said Chanticleer to his wife Partlet. HOW THEY WENT TO THE MOUNTAINS TO EAT NUTS 'The nuts are quite ripe now. and that two white horses should be put to it. and drove. and he asked the true waiting-maid what she thought ought to be done to anyone who would behave thus. 'You thieving vagabonds. if you like. and the good fairy came to see them.' And the young king was then married to his true wife. I had rather by half walk home. I'll sit on the box and be coachman. as if it was one that he had once heard. a duck came quacking up and cried out. 'Nothing better.princess. and bid Chanticleer harness himself to it and draw her home. 'than that she should be thrown into a cask stuck round with sharp nails.' said Partlet. After they had travelled along a little way. This she agreed to do.' 'Thou art she!' said the old king. that will never do. I do not know: however.

he threw himself sulkily into his easy chair. the duck. stuck one into the landlord's easy chair and the other into his handkerchief. the pin. he begged therefore that the travellers would be so kind as to give them a lift in their carriage. heard them coming. 'all the world seems to have a design against my head this morning': and so saying. and almost blinded him. and took his handkerchief to wipe his face. who was in the habit of laying one every day: so at last he let them come in. HOW CHANTICLEER AND PARTLET WENT TO VIST MR KORBES . so he swore that he never again would take in such a troop of vagabonds. and they bespoke a handsome supper. Chanticleer observing that they were but thin fellows. fetching the egg. and gave him nothing for his trouble but their apish tricks. he went to look after them. they made up their minds to fix their quarters there: but the landlord at first was unwilling. who ate a great deal. and jumping into the brook which ran close by the inn.and said it was so dark that they could hardly find their way. who were fast asleep. suspecting the company who had come in the night before. but the pin ran into him and pricked him: then he walked into the kitchen to light his pipe at the fire. and seizing them by the heads. and this time the pain was not in his head. and gave him the egg which Partlet had laid by the way. they pecked a hole in it. and when nobody was stirring in the inn. but made them promise not to dirty the wheels of the carriage in getting in. Chanticleer awakened his wife. He now flew into a very great passion. ate it up. Late at night they arrived at an inn. and as it was bad travelling in the dark. who slept in the open air in the yard. and such dirty walking they could not get on at all: he told them that he and his friend. nor to tread on Partlet's toes. before it was quite light. but. Early in the morning. 2. 'Bless me!' said he. they crept away as softly as possible. and. soon swam out of their reach. oh dear! the needle ran into him. and had sat drinking till they had forgotten how late it was. but they were all off. they spoke civilly to him. thinking they might not be very respectable company: however. and spent the evening very jollily. had been at a public-house a few miles off. and. However. and threw the shells into the fireplace: they then went to the pin and needle. and not likely to take up much room. paid no reckoning. and the duck seemed much tired. and said they would give him the duck. but when he stirred it up the eggshells flew into his eyes. told them they might ride. An hour or two afterwards the landlord got up. and waddled about a good deal from one side to the other. and. having done this. and said his house was full.

Another day, Chanticleer and Partlet wished to ride out together; so Chanticleer built a handsome carriage with four red wheels, and harnessed six mice to it; and then he and Partlet got into the carriage, and away they drove. Soon afterwards a cat met them, and said, 'Where are you going?' And Chanticleer replied, 'All on our way A visit to pay To Mr Korbes, the fox, today.' Then the cat said, 'Take me with you,' Chanticleer said, 'With all my heart: get up behind, and be sure you do not fall off.' 'Take care of this handsome coach of mine, Nor dirty my pretty red wheels so fine! Now, mice, be ready, And, wheels, run steady! For we are going a visit to pay To Mr Korbes, the fox, today.' Soon after came up a millstone, an egg, a duck, and a pin; and Chanticleer gave them all leave to get into the carriage and go with them. When they arrived at Mr Korbes's house, he was not at home; so the mice drew the carriage into the coach-house, Chanticleer and Partlet flew upon a beam, the cat sat down in the fireplace, the duck got into the washing cistern, the pin stuck himself into the bed pillow, the millstone laid himself over the house door, and the egg rolled himself up in the towel. When Mr Korbes came home, he went to the fireplace to make a fire; but the cat threw all the ashes in his eyes: so he ran to the kitchen to wash himself; but there the duck splashed all the water in his face; and when he tried to wipe himself, the egg broke to pieces in the towel all over his face and eyes. Then he was very angry, and went without his supper to bed; but when he laid his head on the pillow, the pin ran into his cheek: at this he became quite furious, and, jumping up, would have run out of the house; but when he came to the door, the millstone fell down on his head, and killed him on the spot. 3. HOW PARTLET DIED AND WAS BURIED, AND HOW CHANTICLEER DIED OF GRIEF Another day Chanticleer and Partlet agreed to go again to the mountains

to eat nuts; and it was settled that all the nuts which they found should be shared equally between them. Now Partlet found a very large nut; but she said nothing about it to Chanticleer, and kept it all to herself: however, it was so big that she could not swallow it, and it stuck in her throat. Then she was in a great fright, and cried out to Chanticleer, 'Pray run as fast as you can, and fetch me some water, or I shall be choked.' Chanticleer ran as fast as he could to the river, and said, 'River, give me some water, for Partlet lies in the mountain, and will be choked by a great nut.' The river said, 'Run first to the bride, and ask her for a silken cord to draw up the water.' Chanticleer ran to the bride, and said, 'Bride, you must give me a silken cord, for then the river will give me water, and the water I will carry to Partlet, who lies on the mountain, and will be choked by a great nut.' But the bride said, 'Run first, and bring me my garland that is hanging on a willow in the garden.' Then Chanticleer ran to the garden, and took the garland from the bough where it hung, and brought it to the bride; and then the bride gave him the silken cord, and he took the silken cord to the river, and the river gave him water, and he carried the water to Partlet; but in the meantime she was choked by the great nut, and lay quite dead, and never moved any more. Then Chanticleer was very sorry, and cried bitterly; and all the beasts came and wept with him over poor Partlet. And six mice built a little hearse to carry her to her grave; and when it was ready they harnessed themselves before it, and Chanticleer drove them. On the way they met the fox. 'Where are you going, Chanticleer?' said he. 'To bury my Partlet,' said the other. 'May I go with you?' said the fox. 'Yes; but you must get up behind, or my horses will not be able to draw you.' Then the fox got up behind; and presently the wolf, the bear, the goat, and all the beasts of the wood, came and climbed upon the hearse. So on they went till they came to a rapid stream. 'How shall we get over?' said Chanticleer. Then said a straw, 'I will lay myself across, and you may pass over upon me.' But as the mice were going over, the straw slipped away and fell into the water, and the six mice all fell in and were drowned. What was to be done? Then a large log of wood came and said, 'I am big enough; I will lay myself across the stream, and you shall pass over upon me.' So he laid himself down; but they managed so clumsily, that the log of wood fell in and was carried away by the stream. Then a stone, who saw what had happened, came up and kindly offered to help poor Chanticleer by laying himself across the stream; and this time he got safely to the other side with the hearse, and managed to get Partlet out of it; but the fox and the other mourners, who were sitting behind, were too heavy, and fell back into the water and were all carried away by the stream and drowned.

Thus Chanticleer was left alone with his dead Partlet; and having dug a grave for her, he laid her in it, and made a little hillock over her. Then he sat down by the grave, and wept and mourned, till at last he died too; and so all were dead.

RAPUNZEL There were once a man and a woman who had long in vain wished for a child. At length the woman hoped that God was about to grant her desire. These people had a little window at the back of their house from which a splendid garden could be seen, which was full of the most beautiful flowers and herbs. It was, however, surrounded by a high wall, and no one dared to go into it because it belonged to an enchantress, who had great power and was dreaded by all the world. One day the woman was standing by this window and looking down into the garden, when she saw a bed which was planted with the most beautiful rampion (rapunzel), and it looked so fresh and green that she longed for it, she quite pined away, and began to look pale and miserable. Then her husband was alarmed, and asked: 'What ails you, dear wife?' 'Ah,' she replied, 'if I can't eat some of the rampion, which is in the garden behind our house, I shall die.' The man, who loved her, thought: 'Sooner than let your wife die, bring her some of the rampion yourself, let it cost what it will.' At twilight, he clambered down over the wall into the garden of the enchantress, hastily clutched a handful of rampion, and took it to his wife. She at once made herself a salad of it, and ate it greedily. It tasted so good to her--so very good, that the next day she longed for it three times as much as before. If he was to have any rest, her husband must once more descend into the garden. In the gloom of evening therefore, he let himself down again; but when he had clambered down the wall he was terribly afraid, for he saw the enchantress standing before him. 'How can you dare,' said she with angry look, 'descend into my garden and steal my rampion like a thief? You shall suffer for it!' 'Ah,' answered he, 'let mercy take the place of justice, I only made up my mind to do it out of necessity. My wife saw your rampion from the window, and felt such a longing for it that she would have died if she had not got some to eat.' Then the enchantress allowed her anger to be softened, and said to him: 'If the case be as you say, I will allow you to take away with you as much rampion as you will, only I make one condition, you must give me the child which your wife will bring into the world; it shall be well treated, and I will care for it like a mother.' The man in his terror consented to everything, and when the woman was brought to bed, the enchantress appeared at once, gave the child the name of Rapunzel, and took it away with her.

Rapunzel grew into the most beautiful child under the sun. When she was twelve years old, the enchantress shut her into a tower, which lay in a forest, and had neither stairs nor door, but quite at the top was a little window. When the enchantress wanted to go in, she placed herself beneath it and cried: 'Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let down your hair to me.' Rapunzel had magnificent long hair, fine as spun gold, and when she heard the voice of the enchantress she unfastened her braided tresses, wound them round one of the hooks of the window above, and then the hair fell twenty ells down, and the enchantress climbed up by it. After a year or two, it came to pass that the king's son rode through the forest and passed by the tower. Then he heard a song, which was so charming that he stood still and listened. This was Rapunzel, who in her solitude passed her time in letting her sweet voice resound. The king's son wanted to climb up to her, and looked for the door of the tower, but none was to be found. He rode home, but the singing had so deeply touched his heart, that every day he went out into the forest and listened to it. Once when he was thus standing behind a tree, he saw that an enchantress came there, and he heard how she cried: 'Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let down your hair to me.' Then Rapunzel let down the braids of her hair, and the enchantress climbed up to her. 'If that is the ladder by which one mounts, I too will try my fortune,' said he, and the next day when it began to grow dark, he went to the tower and cried: 'Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let down your hair to me.' Immediately the hair fell down and the king's son climbed up. At first Rapunzel was terribly frightened when a man, such as her eyes had never yet beheld, came to her; but the king's son began to talk to her quite like a friend, and told her that his heart had been so stirred that it had let him have no rest, and he had been forced to see her. Then Rapunzel lost her fear, and when he asked her if she would take him for her husband, and she saw that he was young and handsome, she thought: 'He will love me more than old Dame Gothel does'; and she said yes, and laid her hand in his. She said: 'I will willingly go away with

. and it seemed so familiar to him that he went towards it. a boy and a girl. for the old woman came by day. 'What do I hear you say! I thought I had separated you from all the world. 'you would fetch your dearest. lived in wretchedness. and you will take me on your horse. and the lovely braids lay on the ground.' They agreed that until that time he should come to her every evening. snap. and did naught but lament and weep over the loss of his dearest wife. however. Bring with you a skein of silk every time that you come. which she had cut off. On the same day that she cast out Rapunzel. seized a pair of scissors with the right.' cried the enchantress. and when the king's son came and cried: 'Rapunzel. and at length came to the desert where Rapunzel. the enchantress fastened the braids of hair. who gazed at him with wicked and venomous looks. but the beautiful bird sits no longer singing in the nest. 'Aha!' she cried mockingly. and yet you have deceived me!' In her anger she clutched Rapunzel's beautiful tresses. until once Rapunzel said to her: 'Tell me. and they lived for a long time afterwards. Then he wandered quite blind about the forest. and snip. the cat has got it.' The king's son was beside himself with pain. but the thorns into which he fell pierced his eyes. And she was so pitiless that she took poor Rapunzel into a desert where she had to live in great grief and misery. He heard a voice. to the hook of the window. Dame Gothel. they were cut off. Two of her tears wetted his eyes and they grew clear again. and he could see with them as before. Rapunzel is lost to you. but instead of finding his dearest Rapunzel. how it happens that you are so much heavier for me to draw up than the young king's son--he is with me in a moment. with the twins to which she had given birth. He escaped with his life. ate nothing but roots and berries. Rapunzel knew him and fell on his neck and wept. Rapunzel.you. you will never see her again.' she let the hair down. but I do not know how to get down.' 'Ah! you wicked child. wrapped them twice round her left hand. He led her to his kingdom where he was joyfully received. he found the enchantress. and when that is ready I will descend. happy and contented. and will scratch out your eyes as well. and I will weave a ladder with it. and in his despair he leapt down from the tower. Let down your hair to me. Thus he roamed about in misery for some years. The enchantress remarked nothing of this. and when he approached. The king's son ascended.

she would set the kettle full of water.FUNDEVOGEL There was once a forester who went into the forest to hunt. I too will never leave you.' Then said Lina: 'Then will I tell you. and she said that early tomorrow morning when father was out hunting. and she said to herself: 'What shall I say now when the forester comes home and sees that the children are gone? They must be followed instantly to get them back again. He followed the sound. however. snatched it away. nor ever will I leave you. and when it is boiling in the kettle. and she said that if I would promise not to tell anyone. who one evening took two pails and began to fetch water. and as he entered it he heard a sound of screaming as if a little child were there. Now the forester had an old cook. were sitting outside the . and a bird of prey had seen it in her arms. old Sanna carried so many buckets of water into the house that I asked her why she was doing that. and at last came to a high tree. Fundevogel and Lina loved each other so dearly that when they did not see each other they were sad. and bring him up with your Lina. and will boil him in it.' The two children therefore got up. throw you into it and boil you.' Early next morning the forester got up and went out hunting. when the forester is out hunting. old Sanna. she would never repeat it to anyone. and the two children grew up together. Then she was terribly alarmed. dressed themselves quickly. I will throw in Fundevogel. brought the child down. and set it on the high tree. Last night. and when he was gone the children were still in bed.' So Lina said. and then the cook said: 'Early tomorrow morning. I will tell you why. the cook went into the bedroom to fetch Fundevogel and throw him into it. and go away together. And the one. and thought to himself: 'You will take him home with you. The children. 'Listen. When the water in the kettle was boiling.' He took it home. who were to run and overtake the children. and went to the beds. why are you fetching so much water?' 'If you will never repeat it to anyone. but many times. The forester climbed up.' Then the cook sent three servants after them. no. out to the spring. I will heat the water. because a bird had carried it away. Lina saw this and said. and at the top of this a little child was sitting. therefore. but we will get up quickly.' Fundevogel said: 'Neither now. for the mother had fallen asleep under the tree with the child. and went away. But when she came in. Then Lina said to Fundevogel: 'If you will never leave me. dress ourselves. had flown down. and did not go once only. which he had found on a tree was called Fundevogel. both the children were gone.

here you will get rid of your goods. seized her head in its beak and drew her into the water. never leave me.' Fundevogel said: 'Neither now. Then the children went home together.' Then said Lina: 'Do you become a rose-tree. you should have cut the rose-bush in two. and sewed with all his might. nor ever. He inspected each one. cheap! Good jams. and when she saw the pond she lay down by it.' The cook. so they said no. however. and I will be the duck upon it. the cook asked if they had not found them. never leave me. however. The children.forest. nothing was there but a church. and there the old witch had to drown. The children. saw from afar that the three servants were coming. And the cook scolded them and said: 'You fools! why did you not pull the church to pieces. THE VALIANT LITTLE TAILOR One summer's morning a little tailor was sitting on his table by the window. Then came a peasant woman down the street crying: 'Good jams. however. cheap!' This rang pleasantly in the tailor's ears. and do it at once. and I the rose upon it. dear woman. and I will never leave you. put his nose to it. and have broken off the rose and brought it home with you. nothing was there but a rose-tree and one rose on it.' When they got home.' Fundevogel said: 'Neither now. saw them coming from a distance.' When the three servants came to the forest. and . Lina said to Fundevogel: 'Never leave me. and I will never leave you. and was about to drink it up.' Then said Fundevogel: 'Neither now.' So when the three servants came. came up to them. with a chandelier in it. But the duck swam quickly to her. and were heartily delighted. they are living still. and I'll be the chandelier in it. They said therefore to each other: 'What can we do here. and he made her unpack all the pots for him. Then the old cook scolded and said: 'You simpletons. and went with the three servants in pursuit of the children. and bring the chandelier home with you?' And now the old cook herself got on her legs. they had found nothing but a church. and there was a chandelier in it. and the cook waddling after them. and called: 'Come up here. nor ever.' and they went home and told the cook that they had seen nothing in the forest but a little rose-bush with one rose on it. Then said Lina: 'Fundevogel. he stretched his delicate head out of the window. lifted it up. but the children were nowhere.' The woman came up the three steps to the tailor with her heavy basket. let us go home. and if they have not died. nor ever.' They had therefore to go out and look for the second time. and I will never leave you. Then said they: 'There is nothing to be done here. he was in good spirits.' Said Lina: 'Be a fishpond.' Said Lina: 'Then do you become a church. Then Lina said: 'Fundevogel. and when they saw from afar the three servants running. go.

' and thought that they had been men whom the tailor had killed. because he thought his workshop was too small for his valour. and could not help admiring his own bravery. 'This won't taste bitter. The little tailor at last lost all patience. and said: 'You ragamuffin! You miserable creature!' 'Oh. cut himself a piece right across the loaf and spread the jam over it.at length said: 'The jam seems to me to be good. and took a stone in his hand and squeezed it together so that water dropped out of it. and drove the unbidden guests away. and want to try my luck. and said: 'Good day. who understood no German. would not be turned away.' He laid the bread near him. he sought about in the house to see if there was anything which he could take with him. and showed the giant the girdle. 'Are you a fellow of that sort?' said he. this jam shall be blessed by God. made bigger and bigger stitches. 'but I will just finish the jacket before I take a bite. and as he was light and nimble. Have you any inclination to go with me?' The giant looked contemptuously at the tailor. spoke to him. The little tailor went bravely up.' The woman who had hoped to find a good sale. so he brought the bread out of the cupboard. 'The whole town shall know of this!' And the little tailor hastened to cut himself a girdle. 'if you have strength. dead and with legs stretched out. and saying: 'Wait.' struck it mercilessly on them. indeed?' answered the little tailor. 'Now.' said he. 'and give me health and strength'. and embroidered on it in large letters: 'Seven at one stroke!' 'What. and when he had reached the highest point of it.' 'Is . the town!' he continued. The tailor put on the girdle. stitched it.' cried the little tailor. and in his joy. so weigh me out four ounces. and resolved to go forth into the world. he felt no fatigue. 'there may you read what kind of a man I am!' The giant read: 'Seven at one stroke. and they were attracted and descended on it in hosts. and began to feel a little respect for the tiny fellow. he wished to try him first. dear woman. Before he went away. but went away quite angry and grumbling. there lay before him no fewer than seven. and drew a piece of cloth from the hole under his work-table. and unbuttoned his coat. 'the whole world shall hear of it!' and his heart wagged with joy like a lamb's tail. Nevertheless. In front of the door he observed a bird which had caught itself in the thicket. but came back again in ever-increasing companies. however. It had to go into his pocket with the cheese.' said the giant. so you are sitting there overlooking the wide-spread world! I am just on my way thither. sewed on. there sat a powerful giant looking peacefully about him. and that he put in his pocket. 'Do that likewise. however. The road led him up a mountain. Now he took to the road boldly. In the meantime the smell of the sweet jam rose to where the flies were sitting in great numbers. gave him what he desired. 'Hi! who invited you?' said the little tailor. he found nothing but an old cheese. When he drew it away and counted. comrade. and I will give it to you. and if it is a quarter of a pound that is of no consequence. The flies.

and yet cannot even carry the tree!' They went on together. The giant. 'that is child's play with us!' and put his hand into his pocket.' answered the little man. the giant said: 'What is this? Have you not strength enough to hold the weak twig?' 'There is no lack of strength. and the giant. 'but now we will see if you are able to carry anything properly.' answered the little tailor. and as they passed a cherry-tree. so that in this also the tailor kept the upper hand. and cried: 'Hark you. could go no further. comrade?' asked the tailor. and remained hanging in the branches. brought out the soft cheese.' The giant made the attempt but he could not get over the tree. and threw it into the air. it sprang back again. Jump as I did.' He took the little tailor to a mighty oak tree which lay there felled on the ground. and said: 'If you are strong enough. rose. 'How does that shot please you.' 'Well thrown. Then the giant picked up a stone and threw it so high that the eye could scarcely follow it. come with me into our cavern and spend the night with us. and pressed it until the liquid ran out of it. had to carry away the whole tree. 'that was a little better. The giant said: 'If you are such a valiant fellow.' 'Readily. delighted with its liberty. 'Faith. wasn't it?' The giant did not know what to say. bent it down. other giants were sitting . 'You can certainly throw. I shall have to let the tree fall!' The tailor sprang nimbly down. gave it into the tailor's hand. seized the tree with both arms as if he had been carrying it. and followed him. 'Now. if you can do it. But the little tailor was much too weak to hold the tree. and bade him eat. and the tailor was tossed into the air with it. 'but after all the stone came down to earth again. and could not believe it of the little man. and the little tailor into the bargain: he behind. they are the heaviest. When they went into the cave. do that likewise.' The giant took the trunk on his shoulder. and whistled the song: 'Three tailors rode forth from the gate.' said the tailor.that all?' said the tailor.' said he. 'Do you think that could be anything to a man who has struck down seven at one blow? I leapt over the tree because the huntsmen are shooting down there in the thicket.' and he put his hand into his pocket. and when the giant let it go. but the tailor seated himself on a branch. flew away and did not come back. and said to the giant: 'You are such a great fellow. who could not look round. and I will raise up the branches and twigs. When he had fallen down again without injury. help me to carry the tree out of the forest. after all. The bird. the giant laid hold of the top of the tree where the ripest fruit was hanging. after he had dragged the heavy burden part of the way. little mite of a man.' said the giant. I will throw you one which shall never come back at all. 'take you the trunk on your shoulders.' The little tailor was willing. was quite merry and happy.' as if carrying the tree were child's play. took out the bird.

there by the fire. and begged for their dismissal. always following his own pointed nose.' said they. and each of them had a roasted sheep in his hand and was eating it. and a special dwelling was assigned him.' They came therefore to a decision. The bed. When it was midnight. 'what does the great warrior want here in the midst of peace? He must be a mighty lord. 'to stay with a man who kills seven at one stroke. however. He sent to the little tailor and caused him to be informed that as he was a great warrior. seven of us will fall at every blow. when all at once he walked up to them quite merrily and boldly. and had quite forgotten the little tailor. and the giant thought that the little tailor was lying in a sound sleep. and read on his girdle: 'Seven at one stroke. The soldiers. 'What is to be the end of this?' they said among themselves. and then conveyed to him this proposal. he did not lie down in it.' the tailor replied.' They went and announced him to the king. and wished him a thousand miles away.' He was therefore honourably received. the people came and inspected him on all sides. he had one request to make to him. waited until he stretched his limbs and opened his eyes. and he strikes about him. were set against the little tailor. he got up. they were afraid that he would strike them all dead. Whilst he lay there. was too big for the little tailor. After he had walked for a long time. but crept into a corner. and would willingly have been rid of him again. 'For this very reason have I come here. cut through the bed with one blow. and ran away in a great hurry. took a great iron bar. He thought about it for a long time. he lay down on the grass and fell asleep. With the earliest dawn the giants went into the forest. and said he was to lie down in it and sleep. The giants were terrified. however. this would be a weighty and useful man who ought on no account to be allowed to depart. and at last found good counsel. betook themselves in a body to the king. 'We are not prepared. and place himself on the royal throne. The ambassador remained standing by the sleeper. The little tailor looked round and thought: 'It is much more spacious here than in my workshop. for he dreaded lest he should strike him and all his people dead. . wished that he had never set eyes on the tailor. The little tailor went onwards. not one of us can stand against him. The counsel pleased the king.' The king was sorry that for the sake of one he should lose all his faithful servants.' The giant showed him a bed. and gave it as their opinion that if war should break out. 'I am ready to enter the king's service. and thought he had finished off the grasshopper for good. and he sent one of his courtiers to the little tailor to offer him military service when he awoke. he came to the courtyard of a royal palace. But he did not venture to give him his dismissal. and as he felt weary.' 'Ah!' said they. 'If we quarrel with him. In a forest of his country lived two giants.

until he sat just above the sleepers. ravaging. and then the tailor threw a stone down on the second. he slipped down by a branch. 'What is the meaning of this?' cried the other 'Why are you pelting me?' 'I am not pelting you. If the tailor conquered and killed these two giants. and said: 'Why are you knocking me?' 'You must be dreaming. or I should have had to sprint on to another like a squirrel. and the hundred horsemen followed him. 'that they did not tear up the tree on which I was sitting. 'One is not offered a beautiful princess and half a kingdom every day of one's life!' 'Oh. and burning. I have finished both of them off. not idle. For a long time the giant felt nothing.' said he. picked out the biggest stone. 'It is a lucky thing. When he came to the outskirts of the forest. and do not require the help of the hundred horsemen to do it.' The . he who can hit seven with one blow has no need to be afraid of two.' said the other. After a while he perceived both giants. and threw it with all his might on the breast of the first giant. but we tailors are nimble. When he was halfway up.' answered the tailor.' answered the first. They lay sleeping under a tree. 'I will soon subdue the giants. but all that is to no purpose when a man like myself comes. and with these climbed up the tree. 'You need not concern yourself about that. he said to his followers: 'Just stay waiting here. 'That would indeed be a fine thing for a man like me!' thought the little tailor. but as they were weary they let the matter rest. gathered two pocketsful of stones. yes. growling. but it was hard work! They tore up trees in their sore need. that at last they both fell down dead on the ground at the same time. The other paid him back in the same coin. and they got into such a rage that they tore up trees and belaboured each other so long. 'I am not knocking you. and snored so that the branches waved up and down. 'they have not bent one hair of mine. The little tailor began his game again. Then the little tailor leapt down. and pushed his companion against the tree until it shook. murdering.' They laid themselves down to sleep again. and half of his kingdom as a dowry. he would give him his only daughter to wife. and defended themselves with them. and no one could approach them without putting himself in danger of death. and sprang up like a madman. but at last he awoke. and then let one stone after another fall on the breast of one of the giants. They disputed about it for a time.who caused great mischief with their robbing. The little tailor.' The little tailor went forth. and their eyes closed once more.' 'But are you not wounded?' asked the horsemen. pushed his comrade.' Then he bounded into the forest and looked about right and left. 'That is too bad!' cried he. likewise one hundred horsemen should go with him to assist him.' He drew out his sword and gave each of them a couple of thrusts in the breast. who can kill seven at one blow. and then went out to the horsemen and said: 'The work is done.' he replied. I alone will soon finish off the giants.

and again bethought himself how he could get rid of the hero. it can't be done as quickly as that.' said he. 'Softly. and came out from behind the tree and put the rope round its neck. and you must catch it first. and the huntsmen should give him their help. and in one bound out again. it would have gone to his heart still more than it did. The hero.' 'I fear one unicorn still less than two giants. as if it would gore him with its horn without more ado. whether he liked it or not. and thus it was caught. there they found the giants swimming in their blood. and made a third demand. for the wild boar had several times received them in such a manner that they had no inclination to lie in wait for him. and rode into the forest. and stuck its horn so fast in the trunk that it had not the strength enough to draw it out again.horsemen would not believe him. but a little tailor who was standing before him. is my kind of affair. I have got the bird. Seven at one blow.' He took a rope and an axe with him. The little tailor demanded of the king the promised reward. The boar ran after him. The unicorn soon came towards him. however.' said the tailor. and was about to throw him to the ground. softly. repented of his promise. and then with his axe he hewed the horn out of the tree. went to the king. and then sprang nimbly behind the tree. and all round about lay the torn-up trees. and stood still and waited until the animal was quite close. who was now. The little tailor called the huntsmen thither that they might see the prisoner with their own eyes. 'you must perform one more heroic deed. The unicorn ran against the tree with all its strength. went forth into the forest. and then the raging beast. The king still would not give him the promised reward. Had he known that it was no warlike hero. and they were well pleased that he did not. In the forest roams a unicorn which does great harm. and when all was ready he led the beast away and took it to the king. and rushed directly on the tailor. 'Now.' said the tailor. The wedding was held with great magnificence and small joy. and again bade those who were sent with him to wait outside. was caught. however. and out of a tailor a king was made. it ran on him with foaming mouth and whetted tusks. obliged to keep his promise. 'that is child's play!' He did not take the huntsmen with him into the forest. which was much too heavy and awkward to leap out of the window. . Before the wedding the tailor was to catch him a wild boar that made great havoc in the forest.' said he to him. 'Willingly. When the boar perceived the tailor. he. and the half of my kingdom. but the tailor ran round outside and shut the door behind it. and gave his daughter and the half of his kingdom. 'Before you receive my daughter. but the hero fled and sprang into a chapel which was near and up to the window at once. He had not long to seek.

and patch the pantaloons. and my servants shall stand outside. you may as well plane the planks for our .' 'O. The king comforted her and said: 'Leave your bedroom door open this night. and when he has fallen asleep shall go in. who was only pretending to be asleep. So the little tailor was and remained a king to the end of his life. when we no longer have anything even for ourselves?' 'I'll tell you what. husband. and then we will go to our work and leave them alone. I brought away one unicorn. 'I'll put a screw into that business. Now when he thought over this by night in his bed.' Then she discovered in what state of life the young lord had been born. I smote seven at one blow.' When these men heard the tailor speaking thus. HANSEL AND GRETEL Hard by a great forest dwelt a poor wood-cutter with his wife and his two children. and next morning complained of her wrongs to her father. you fool!' said she.' said the man. there we will light a fire for them. and tossed about in his anxiety. he groaned and said to his wife: 'What is to become of us? How are we to feed our poor children. and then lay down again. he could no longer procure even daily bread.' 'No. At night he went to bed with his wife at the usual time. I killed two giants.After some time the young queen heard her husband say in his dreams at night: 'Boy. The boy was called Hansel and the girl Gretel. bind him. who was nothing else but a tailor. and give each of them one more piece of bread. and we shall be rid of them. He had little to bite and to break. and informed him of the whole plot. 'then we must all four die of hunger. make me the doublet. and none of them would venture anything further against him. 'I will not do that. but the king's armour-bearer. began to cry out in a clear voice: 'Boy. how can I bear to leave my children alone in the forest?--the wild animals would soon come and tear them to pieces.' The woman was satisfied with this.' said the little tailor. they were overcome by a great dread. and when she thought that he had fallen asleep. or I will rap the yard-measure over your ears. or else I will rap the yard-measure over your ears. and ran as if the wild huntsman were behind them. and caught a wild boar. was friendly with the young lord. The little tailor. and am I to fear those who are standing outside the room. make me the doublet and patch me the pantaloons. who had heard all. and once when great dearth fell on the land. They will not find the way home again. wife. opened the door. and begged him to help her to get rid of her husband.' answered the woman. she got up. 'early tomorrow morning we will take the children out into the forest to where it is the thickest. and take him on board a ship which shall carry him into the wide world.

that is the morning sun which is shining on the chimneys. for you will get nothing else. It was not the axe. and when the flames were burning very high. opened the door below. and wants to say goodbye to me.' and she left him no peace until he consented. Gretel.coffins. 'But I feel very sorry for the poor children. and they fell fast asleep. God will not forsake us.' The wife said: 'Fool. 'do not distress yourself. and said: 'There is something for your dinner.' said the man. but before the sun had risen.' said Hansel. When they had reached the middle of the forest. Gretel wept bitter tears. had not been looking back at the cat. Gretel began to cry and . lay yourselves down by the fire and rest. and did so again and again.' Gretel took the bread under her apron.' and he lay down again in his bed. what are you looking at there and staying behind for? Pay attention. each ate a little piece of bread. When they had walked a short time. and sleep in peace. The brushwood was lighted. His father said: 'Hansel. but a branch which he had fastened to a withered tree which the wind was blowing backwards and forwards. When we have done. however. father. and said to Hansel: 'Now all is over with us. pile up some wood. as Hansel had the pebbles in his pocket.' 'Be quiet. The two children had also not been able to sleep for hunger. The moon shone brightly. put on his little coat. children. the father said: 'Now. we will go into the forest and cut some wood. and I will light a fire that you may not be cold. and crept outside. their eyes closed with fatigue. children. however. I will soon find a way to help us. but had been constantly throwing one of the white pebble-stones out of his pocket on the road. the woman said: 'Now. and the white pebbles which lay in front of the house glittered like real silver pennies. and had heard what their stepmother had said to their father. And as they had been sitting such a long time. When at last they awoke. saying: 'Get up. as high as a little hill. he got up. Hansel stood still and peeped back at the house.' Hansel and Gretel sat by the fire. When day dawned. dear little sister.' Hansel. Then they all set out together on the way to the forest.' 'Ah. 'I am looking at my little white cat. you sluggards! we are going into the forest to fetch wood.' And when the old folks had fallen asleep. and when noon came. but do not eat it up before then. which is sitting up on the roof.' Hansel and Gretel gathered brushwood together. we will come back and fetch you away.' She gave each a little piece of bread. the woman came and awoke the two children. it was already dark night.' said Hansel. that is not your little cat. Hansel stooped and stuffed the little pocket of his coat with as many as he could get in. Then he went back and said to Gretel: 'Be comforted. all the same. and do not forget how to use your legs. and as they heard the strokes of the wood-axe they believed that their father was near.

where they had never in their lives been before. Hansel took his little sister by the hand. and said: 'Do not cry.' Hansel. and the children heard their mother saying at night to their father: 'Everything is eaten again. so that they will not find their way out again. she said: 'You naughty children. however. go to sleep quietly. and that is the end. The children must go. He who says A must say B. however.' The woman.' 'I am looking back at my little pigeon which is sitting on the roof.' Early in the morning came the woman. rejoiced. They knocked at the door. for it had cut him to the heart to leave them behind alone. and often stood still and threw a morsel on the ground.' answered Hansel. 'Fool!' said the woman. and followed the pebbles which shone like newly-coined silver pieces. Not long afterwards. we have one half loaf left. threw all the crumbs on the path. 'go on. and showed them the way. were still awake and had heard the conversation. Hansel again got up. would listen to nothing that he had to say. likewise. why do you stop and look round?' said the father. 'that is not your little pigeon. Then a great fire was again made. the good God will help us. but the woman had locked the door. The woman led the children still deeper into the forest. and as he had yielded the first time. Gretel. They walked the whole night long. but scolded and reproached him. and wants to say goodbye to me. but it was still smaller than the time before. and when the woman opened it and saw that it was Hansel and Gretel. On the way into the forest Hansel crumbled his in his pocket. however little by little. however. we will take them farther into the wood. and by break of day came once more to their father's house. and when you are tired . until the moon has risen. Nevertheless he comforted his little sister. and he thought: 'It would be better for you to share the last mouthful with your children. Their piece of bread was given to them. and Hansel could not get out.' And when the full moon had risen. there is no other means of saving ourselves!' The man's heart was heavy. there was once more great dearth throughout the land. and then we will soon find the way. he had to do so a second time also. and took the children out of their beds. you children. When the old folks were asleep.said: 'How are we to get out of the forest now?' But Hansel comforted her and said: 'Just wait a little. 'Hansel. why have you slept so long in the forest?--we thought you were never coming back at all!' The father. that is the morning sun that is shining on the chimney. and the mother said: 'Just sit there. The children. and wanted to go out and pick up pebbles as he had done before.

but they always came deeper into the forest. for the many thousands of birds which fly about in the woods and fields had picked them all up.' When the moon came they set out. we are going into the forest to cut wood. Hansel. Then a soft voice cried from the parlour: 'Nibble. And when its song was over. 'and have a good meal. but they found no crumbs. who had scattered his by the way. I will eat a bit of the roof. and Hansel comforted his little sister and said: 'Just wait. 'We will set to work on that.' Hansel reached up above.' and went on eating without disturbing themselves.' said Hansel. Then they fell asleep and evening passed. they will show us our way home again. The heaven-born wind. and if help did not come soon. who . and a woman as old as the hills. and Gretel leant against the window and nibbled at the panes. gnaw. They began to walk again. can eat some of the window. they must die of hunger and weariness.' When it was noon. until the moon rises. sat down. nibble. and enjoyed herself with it. the wind. who liked the taste of the roof. tore down a great piece of it. on the roof of which it alighted. When it was mid-day. we will come and fetch you away. but they did not get out of the forest. Gretel shared her piece of bread with Hansel. and Gretel pushed out the whole of one round window-pane. and in the evening when we are done. It was now three mornings since they had left their father's house. and when they approached the little house they saw that it was built of bread and covered with cakes.you may sleep a little. They walked the whole night and all the next day too from morning till evening. it spread its wings and flew away before them. Who is nibbling at my little house?' The children answered: 'The wind. they saw a beautiful snow-white bird sitting on a bough. it will taste sweet. and you Gretel. which sang so delightfully that they stood still and listened to it. and broke off a little of the roof to try how it tasted. and they followed it until they reached a little house. they lay down beneath a tree and fell asleep. Gretel. Hansel said to Gretel: 'We shall soon find the way. Suddenly the door opened. They did not awake until it was dark night. but that the windows were of clear sugar. which grew on the ground. And as they were so weary that their legs would carry them no longer. and then we shall see the crumbs of bread which I have strewn about. for they had nothing to eat but two or three berries. but no one came to the poor children. and were very hungry.' but they did not find it.

Then good food was set before them. Witches have red eyes. who had dim eyes. and cried: 'Hansel. she was already up. cooked and ate it. and said: 'Oh. and are aware when human beings draw near. lazy thing. The old woman had only pretended to be so kind.' She took them both by the hand.' said the old woman. they shall not escape me again!' Early in the morning before the children were awake. and had only built the little house of bread in order to entice them there. Scream as he might. shook her till she awoke. and cried: 'Get up. but Gretel got nothing but crab-shells. apples. it would not help him. however. she laughed with malice. I will eat him. milk and pancakes. however. And now the best food was cooked for poor Hansel. nodded her head. who lay in wait for children. and Hansel still remained thin. stretched out a little bone to her. could not see it. Afterwards two pretty little beds were covered with clean white linen. he is in the stable outside. and cook something good for your brother. and is to be made fat. 'Now.' 'Just keep your noise to yourself. and when she saw both of them sleeping and looking so pretty. and how her tears did flow down her cheeks! 'Dear God. When a child fell into her power. and Hansel and Gretel lay down in them. she was seized with impatience and would not wait any longer. stretch out your finger that I may feel if you will soon be fat. When four weeks had gone by. and bring some water. carried him into a little stable. then. and led them into her little house. and said mockingly: 'I have them. how the poor little sister did lament when she had to fetch the water. and nuts. Gretel. and stay with me. and the old woman. 'stir yourself. 'it won't help you at all. and that was a feast day with her.' . The old woman.supported herself on crutches. Let Hansel be fat or lean. but it was all in vain. and cannot see far. do help us. who has brought you here? do come in. and thought it was Hansel's finger.' Gretel began to weep bitterly.' Hansel. When he is fat.' she cried. we should at any rate have died together. Every morning the woman crept to the little stable. Then she went to Gretel.' she cried to the girl.' Ah. you dear children. 'If the wild beasts in the forest had but devoured us. and thought they were in heaven. for she was forced to do what the wicked witch commanded. and locked him in behind a grated door. Hansel and Gretel were so terribly frightened that they let fall what they had in their hands. No harm shall happen to you. with sugar. she was in reality a wicked witch. with their plump and rosy cheeks she muttered to herself: 'That will be a dainty mouthful!' Then she seized Hansel with her shrivelled hand. she killed it. and was astonished that there was no way of fattening him. came creeping out. and cook him. but they have a keen scent like the beasts. fetch some water. tomorrow I will kill him. When Hansel and Gretel came into her neighbourhood.

however. and cried: 'Hansel. Gretel.' replied Gretel. 'But now we must be off. too. and light the fire. but Gretel ran away and the godless witch was miserably burnt to death. and dance about and kiss each other! And as they had no longer any need to fear her. and Hansel seated himself on its back. too.' and filled her pinafore full. however.' She pushed poor Gretel out to the oven. 'We cannot cross. and fastened the bolt. ran like lightning to Hansel. opened his little stable. 'but a white duck is swimming there: if I ask her. 'and see if it is properly heated. and at length they saw from afar their father's house. the forest seemed to be more and more familiar to them. I can get in myself!' and she crept up and thrust her head into the oven. and thrust into his pockets whatever could be got in. from which flames of fire were already darting. 'The door is big enough. rushed into the parlour.' 'And there is also no ferry. 'Creep in.' answered Gretel.' The duck came to them. and threw themselves round their father's neck.' When they had walked for two hours. they went into the witch's house. just look. 'We will bake first. Oh! then she began to howl quite horribly. dost thou see. But Gretel saw what she had in mind. Then Gretel gave her a push that drove her far into it.' Then she cried: 'Little duck.' said the old woman.' said Hansel. and in every corner there stood chests full of pearls and jewels. 'that we may get out of the witch's forest. and then she would eat her. and said: 'I do not know how I am to do it. The man had not known one happy hour since he had left the children in the forest. and told his sister to sit by him. Take us across on thy back so white.' said Hansel.' said the old woman.Early in the morning. will take something home with me. she will help us over. Gretel . and Gretel said: 'I. Then they began to run. and no bridge. 'These are far better than pebbles!' said Hansel. Gretel had to go out and hang up the cauldron with the water. 'that will be too heavy for the little duck. Hansel and Gretel are waiting for thee? There's never a plank. 'I have already heated the oven. little duck. How they did rejoice and embrace each other. and when they were once safely across and had walked for a short time. so that we can put the bread in. the woman. we are saved! The old witch is dead!' Then Hansel sprang like a bird from its cage when the door is opened.' And once Gretel was inside. she intended to shut the oven and let her bake in it. they came to a great stretch of water.' The good little duck did so. she shall take us across.' said the witch. was dead. one after the other. 'No. and shut the iron door. and kneaded the dough. or bridge in sight. how do I get in?' 'Silly goose. 'I see no foot-plank.

and had been a fool into the bargain. the bird remained master of the situation. and ready to be served. Influenced by those remarks. and there they were. the mouse fetched the water. Then all anxiety was at an end. THE BIRD. there runs a mouse. and when they had finished their meal. But the other bird sneered at him for being a poor simpleton. he just threw himself into the broth. And now what happened? The sausage started in search of wood. My tale is done. may make himself a big fur cap out of it. whosoever catches it. For a long time all went well. when the mouse had made the fire and fetched in the water. to the mouse to cook. they could sleep their fill till the following morning: and that was really a very delightful life. They therefore drew lots. And so it came to pass. The sausage had only to watch the pot to see that the food was properly cooked. and the mouse put on the pot. and prospered so far as to be able to add considerably to their stores. met a fellow bird. and salted. the bird next morning refused to bring in the wood. buttered. The bird's duty was to fly daily into the wood and bring in fuel. and to the bird to fetch the water. and to try some other way of arranging the work. and when it was near dinner-time. she could retire into her little room and rest until it was time to set the table. Then. and the venture had to be made. they lived in great comfort. a bird. that the bird. and then these two waited till the sausage returned with the fuel for the following day.emptied her pinafore until pearls and precious stones ran about the room. the bird made the fire. But the . and the sausage saw to the cooking. and that it was now time to make a change. a mouse. THE MOUSE. AND THE SAUSAGE Once upon a time. entered into partnership and set up house together. and they lived together in perfect happiness. or rolled in and out among the vegetables three or four times. and Hansel threw one handful after another out of his pocket to add to them. to whom he boastfully expatiated on the excellence of his household arrangements. When people are too well off they always begin to long for something new. and it fell to the sausage to bring in the wood. they sat down to table. and a sausage. it was of no use. while the other two stayed at home and had a good time of it. while out one day. telling the others that he had been their servant long enough. who did all the hard work. when the bird came home and had laid aside his burden. Beg and pray as the mouse and the sausage might. For.

and flew sadly home. Presently the bird came in and wanted to serve up the dinner. Now it chanced one day that some blood fell on to the spindle. having met the sausage. and the bird flew out to meet him. The bird hastened to fetch some water. He had not flown far. and so the other. Then some of the wood that had been carelessly thrown down. In his alarm and flurry. and after giving her a violent scolding. said unkindly. They were both very unhappy. loved the ugly and lazy one best. but his pail fell into the well.sausage remained so long away. caught fire and began to blaze. there to spin until she made her fingers bleed. but also with life. but her stepmother spoke harshly to her. She ran home crying to tell of her misfortune. and the mouse looked after the food and. but agreed to make the best of things and to remain with one another. had regarded him as his legitimate booty. that they became uneasy. The mother. and so seized and swallowed him. MOTHER HOLLE Once upon a time there was a widow who had two daughters. 'As you have let the spindle fall into the well you may go yourself and fetch it out. and as he was unable to recover himself. he threw the wood here and there about the floor. one of them was beautiful and industrious. and that was the reason his life had been forfeited. and he after it. having already parted not only with her skin and hair. because she was her own daughter. the spindle suddenly sprang out of her hand and fell into the well. and at last in . wishing to prepare it in the same way as the sausage. and as the girl stopped over the well to wash it off. the other ugly and lazy. The bird complained to the dog of this bare-faced robbery. but nothing he said was of any avail.' The girl went back to the well not knowing what to do. He picked up the wood. So now the bird set the table. she jumped into the pot. however. Her stepmother sent her out every day to sit by the well in the high road. for the dog answered that he found false credentials on the sausage. was made to do all the work of the house. but she stopped short long before she reached the bottom. but no cook was to be found. however. by rolling in and out among the vegetables to salt and butter them. he was drowned. who was only her stepdaughter. and was quite the Cinderella of the family. and told the mouse all he had seen and heard. but he could nowhere see the cook. called and searched. when he came across a dog who.

one and all.' Then Mother Holle said. but she became conscious at last of great longing to go home. that I cannot stay with you any longer. Then she carefully gathered the apples together in a heap and walked on again. although she was a thousand times better off with Mother Holle than with her mother and sister. She went on a little farther. The old woman was as good as her word: she never spoke angrily to her. You must be very careful. full of sunshine.' cried the tree. and then she began to grow unhappy.' So she shook the tree. I pray.' The old woman spoke so kindly. She could not at first tell why she felt sad. that the girl summoned up courage and agreed to enter into her service. and the apples came falling down upon her like rain. and there she saw an old woman looking out. and turned to run away. I . and presently she came upon a baker's oven full of bread. and the loaves cried out to her. till she came to a free full of apples. that it is snowing. 'Shake me. After waiting awhile. But the old woman called after her. for I wish you always to shake it thoroughly. so that the feathers fly about. She took care to do everything according to the old woman's bidding and every time she made the bed she shook it with all her might. then they say. or alas! we shall be burnt to a cinder. so that the feathers flew about like so many snowflakes. I will make you very happy. and as you have served me so well and faithfully. 'my apples. for I am Mother Holle.her distress she jumped into the water after the spindle. So she stayed on with Mother Holle for some time. however. dear child? Stay with me. to make my bed in the right way. but she continued shaking until there was not a single apple left upon it. The next thing she came to was a little house. she went to Mother Holle and said. 'I am so homesick. that she was terrified. with such large teeth.' So she took the bread-shovel and drew them all out. 'Take us out. are ripe. shake me. She walked over the meadow. for although I am so happy here. take us out. we were baked through long ago. and with countless flowers blooming in every direction. if you will do the work of my house properly for me. 'What are you afraid of. then she knew she was homesick. down there in the world. 'I am pleased that you should want to go back to your own people. She remembered nothing more until she awoke and found herself in a beautiful meadow. and gave her roast and boiled meats every day. I must return to my own people.

they gave her a warm welcome.will take you home myself.' it cried. one of the apples might fall on my head. But the lazy girl answered.' said Mother Holle. and as the girl passed through. for she thought of the gold she should get in return. and when the mother heard how she had come by her great riches. lazy daughter to go and try her fortune. 'A nice thing to ask me to do. she began to dawdle over her work. She related to them all that had happened. one and all. so that she was covered with it from head to foot. we were baked through long ago. my apples. she was not afraid of them. The gate was then closed. 'That is a reward for your industry.' Thereupon she led the girl by the hand up to a broad gateway. then she began to lie in bed in the mornings and refused to get up.' Then she went in to her mother and sister. however. she neglected to . 'Shake me. The first day she was very obedient and industrious. At last she came to Mother Holle's house. and jumped in herself. and the gold clung to her. and exerted herself to please Mother Holle. or alas! we shall be burnt to a cinder. and as she spoke she handed her the spindle which she had dropped into the well. 'Take us out. and as she had heard all about the large teeth from her sister. the cock who was perched on the well. The next day. and the third day she was more idle still. and walked over it till she came to the oven. Like her sister she awoke in the beautiful meadow. and the girl pricked her finger and thrust her hand into a thorn-bush. are ripe. 'Do you think I am going to dirty my hands for you?' and walked on. take us out. and the girl found herself back in the old world close to her mother's house. The gate was opened. Worse still. a shower of gold fell upon her. As she entered the courtyard. then she threw it into the well. Presently she came to the apple-tree. and engaged herself without delay to the old woman. But she only answered. shake me.' cried the loaves as before. So she made the sister go and sit by the well and spin.' and passed on. and as she was so richly covered with gold. called out: 'Cock-a-doodle-doo! Your golden daughter's come back to you. so that she might drop some blood on to the spindle. she thought she should like her ugly. I pray.

' Mother Holle led her. walk nicely and quietly and do not run off the path. a great bucketful of pitch came pouring over her. The grandmother lived out in the wood. here is a piece of cake and a bottle of wine. The lazy girl was delighted at this. So Mother Holle very soon got tired of her. and just as Little Red-Cap entered the wood. and they will do her good. . Little Red-Cap. try what she would. as she had led her sister. and when you go into her room. LITTLE RED-CAP [LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD] Once upon a time there was a dear little girl who was loved by everyone who looked at her. 'That is in return for your services. she is ill and weak.' But. and then your grandmother will get nothing. don't forget to say.' said Little Red-Cap to her mother. which suited her so well that she would never wear anything else. and gave her hand on it.' One day her mother said to her: 'Come. or you may fall and break the bottle. and told her she might go. a wolf met her. Red-Cap did not know what a wicked creature he was. Set out before it gets hot. but as she was passing through. and thought to herself. but most of all by her grandmother. instead of the shower of gold. she could not get the pitch off and it stuck to her as long as she lived. to the broad gateway. and don't peep into every corner before you do it. 'The gold will soon be mine. and the cock on the well called out as she saw her: 'Cock-a-doodle-doo! Your dirty daughter's come back to you. half a league from the village. "Good morning". and when you are going. and was not at all afraid of him.' said the old woman. so she was always called 'Little Red-Cap.' 'I will take great care. take them to your grandmother. So the lazy girl had to go home covered with pitch. and there was nothing that she would not have given to the child. and she shut the gate. and forgot to shake it so that the feathers might fly about. Once she gave her a little cap of red velvet.make the old woman's bed properly.

' 'What have you got in your apron?' 'Cake and wine. and so she ran from the path into the wood to look for flowers. I must act craftily. you walk gravely along as if you were going to school. Little Red-Cap. Little Red-Cap?' 'To my grandmother's.' 'Where does your grandmother live. you surely must know it.' So he walked for a short time by the side of Little Red-Cap. the nut-trees are just below. while everything else out here in the wood is merry. Little Red-Cap?' 'A good quarter of a league farther on in the wood.' said he. yesterday was baking-day. too. Meanwhile the wolf ran straight to the grandmother's house and knocked at the door. Little Red-Cap. she thought: 'Suppose I take grandmother a fresh nosegay.'Good day. so poor sick grandmother is to have something good. and pretty flowers growing everywhere. It is so early in the day that I shall still get there in good time'.' . The wolf thought to himself: 'What a tender young creature! what a nice plump mouthful--she will be better to eat than the old woman.' replied Little Red-Cap.' Little Red-Cap raised her eyes. how pretty the flowers are about here--why do you not look round? I believe.' 'Whither away so early. she fancied that she saw a still prettier one farther on. and then he said: 'See. that you do not hear how sweetly the little birds are singing. that would please her too. so as to catch both. to make her stronger. 'Thank you kindly. And whenever she had picked one. and so got deeper and deeper into the wood. 'Who is there?' 'Little Red-Cap. her house stands under the three large oak-trees. open the door. 'She is bringing cake and wine.' replied the wolf. and when she saw the sunbeams dancing here and there through the trees. and ran after it. wolf.

grandmother.' she said. 'The better to see you with.' 'But. he lay down again in the bed. The huntsman was just passing the house. fell asleep and began to snore very loud. and cannot get up. and without saying a word he went straight to the grandmother's bed. 'what big ears you have!' 'The better to hear you with. When the wolf had appeased his appetite. She was surprised to find the cottage-door standing open.' but received no answer.' She called out: 'Good morning. grandmother. and when he came to the bed.'Lift the latch. 'I am too weak. what large hands you have!' 'The better to hug you with. and when she had gathered so many that she could carry no more. than with one bound he was out of bed and swallowed up Red-Cap. and looking very strange. There lay her grandmother with her cap pulled far over her face.' So he went into the room.' 'Oh! but. the door sprang open. 'Oh! grandmother. had been running about picking flowers. dressed himself in her cap laid himself in bed and drew the curtains. grandmother.' called out the grandmother. he saw that the wolf was lying in it. and at other times I like being with grandmother so much. my child. however. my dear. so she went to the bed and drew back the curtains. 'I have long sought you!' Then just as he was going to fire at him. what big eyes you have!' she said. she had such a strange feeling that she said to herself: 'Oh dear! how uneasy I feel today. it occurred to him that the wolf might have . Then he put on her clothes. 'But. and set out on the way to her.' The wolf lifted the latch. and thought to himself: 'How the old woman is snoring! I must just see if she wants anything. you old sinner!' said he. and when she went into the room. what a terrible big mouth you have!' 'The better to eat you with!' And scarcely had the wolf said this.' was the reply. 'Do I find you here. Little Red-Cap. she remembered her grandmother. and devoured her.

so the grey-beard stole twice or thrice round the house. But Red-Cap went joyously home. I will never by myself leave the path. so he did not fire. quickly fetched great stones with which they filled the wolf's belly. that if they had not been on the public road she was certain he would have eaten her up. and the little girl sprang out. Then the smell of the sausages reached the wolf. and he sniffed and peeped down. and cried: 'Open the door.' It also related that once when Red-Cap was again taking cakes to the old grandmother. and slipped down from the roof straight into the great trough. When he had made two snips. to run into the wood. he saw the little Red-Cap shining. Red-Cap. and tried to entice her from the path. 'Well.' Red-Cap carried until the great trough was quite full. and went straight forward on her way. another wolf spoke to her. but scarcely able to breathe. and then to steal after her and devour her in the darkness. and no one ever did anything to harm her again. but took a pair of scissors. and then he made two snips more. In front of the house was a great stone trough. and after that the aged grandmother came out alive also. however. Red-Cap. 'we will shut the door. . and at last stretched out his neck so far that he could no longer keep his footing and began to slip. and at last jumped on the roof. he wanted to run away.' Soon afterwards the wolf knocked. so she said to the child: 'Take the pail. and revived. but Red-Cap thought to herself: 'As long as I live.devoured the grandmother. and told her grandmother that she had met the wolf. how frightened I have been! How dark it was inside the wolf'. crying: 'Ah. was on her guard. so carry the water in which I boiled them to the trough. Red-Cap.' But they did not speak. and that she might still be saved. and began to cut open the stomach of the sleeping wolf. and was drowned. and that he had said 'good morning' to her. and when he awoke. but with such a wicked look in his eyes. and am bringing you some cakes. But the grandmother saw what was in his thoughts. I made some sausages yesterday. Then all three were delighted. but the stones were so heavy that he collapsed at once. when my mother has forbidden me to do so. however. grandmother. or open the door.' said the grandmother. and fell dead. intending to wait until Red-Cap went home in the evening. the grandmother ate the cake and drank the wine which Red-Cap had brought. that he may not come in. The huntsman drew off the wolf's skin and went home with it. I am Little Red-Cap.

throwing down some peas on either side of her at every step she took. young maiden fair.' she answered. 'You must come and see me next Sunday. and there sat a very. a feeling of dread came over her which she could not explain. I will strew ashes along the path. But the girl did not care for the man as a girl ought to care for her betrothed husband. 'if my betrothed husband lives here?' . I have already invited guests for that day. Her betrothed only replied. 'My house is out there in the dark forest. who could not keep her head from shaking.' The girl passed on. and she could not look at him nor think of him without an inward shudder. he betrothed his daughter to him. and it was time for the girl to start. She stepped inside.' he said. Suddenly a voice cried: 'Turn back. that it did not please her at all.' asked the girl. he was anxious that she should be well married and provided for. and still she saw no one. but not a soul was to be seen. She tried to excuse herself by saying that she would not be able to find the way thither. Linger not in this murderers' lair. young maiden fair. She did not feel that she could trust him.THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM There was once a miller who had one beautiful daughter. 'I will give her to the first suitable man who comes and asks for her hand. He said to himself. turn back. darkest part of the forest. One day he said to her. although we have been betrothed for some time. and that she might be able to find her path again. Again it cried: 'Turn back. very old woman. but they were all empty. and as he appeared to be very rich and the miller could see nothing in him with which to find fault. Linger not in this murderers' lair. There she saw a lonely house. and that you may not mistake the way. and a great silence reigned throughout. she filled her pockets with peas and lentils to sprinkle on the ground as she went along. At last she came to the cellar. and as she was grown up. 'Can you tell me. On reaching the entrance to the forest she found the path strewed with ashes.' The girl looked up and saw that the voice came from a bird hanging in a cage on the wall. She walked the whole day until she came to the deepest.' Not long after a suitor appeared. and these she followed.' 'I do not know where your house is. turn back.' When Sunday came. looking so grim and mysterious. 'You have not yet paid me a visit. going from room to room of the house.

but he could not find it. and one of yellow. but it is with death that you will keep your marriage feast. who were lying close together. and hastened as fast as they could from the murderers' den. and paid no heed to her cries and lamentations. and they ceased looking for the finger and sat down. and every moment she was filled with renewed dread lest she should awaken them. and that your marriage will soon take place. for she saw what a terrible fate had been intended for her by the robbers. Then they tore of her dainty clothing. you would be lost. opened the door. One of them now noticed a gold ring still remaining on the little finger of the murdered girl. and cook and eat you.' The words were hardly out of her mouth when the godless crew returned. 'Come and eat your suppers. dragging another young girl along with them. but the finger sprang into the air. and fell behind the cask into the lap of the girl who was hiding there. you poor child. 'do not move or speak. If I did not take pity on you and save you.' she said. laid her on a table. which quite hid her from view. As soon as the girl was assured of this. for they are eaters of men. so that she passed safely over them.' Thereupon the old woman led her behind a large cask. he took a hatchet and cut off the finger. when the robbers are all asleep. But the old woman called out. one of white wine. They were all drunk. The old woman then mixed a sleeping draught with their wine. You think yourself a promised bride. But God helped her. and cut her beautiful body into pieces. Tonight. we will flee together. 'Have you looked behind the large cask?' said one of the others. The poor betrothed girl crouched trembling and shuddering behind the cask. 'what a place for you to come to! This is a murderers' den. three glasses full. she came from behind the cask. the finger won't run away. and sprinkled salt upon it. and then she and the old woman went upstairs.' 'The old woman is right. They gave her wine to drink. The robber took a light and began looking for it.'Ah. do you see that large cauldron of water which I am obliged to keep on the fire! As soon as they have you in their power they will kill you without mercy. 'Keep as still as a mouse.' answered the old woman. and before long they were all lying on the floor of the cellar. one of red. and as he could not draw it off easily. She was obliged to step over the bodies of the sleepers. fast asleep and snoring. They found the ashes scattered by the wind. Look. I have long been waiting for an opportunity to escape. but the peas and . and with that her heart gave way and she died. or it will be all over with you.' said the robbers. and let the thing be till tomorrow.

"Ah. and she answered. and yellow.' 'My darling. your betrothed does indeed live here. 'And you. red. The bridegroom arrived and also a large company of guests.lentils had sprouted.' 'My darling. to guide them in the moonlight along the path. you are come to a murderers' den. this is only a dream.' said the bride.' said the bridegroom. turning to her.' and again a second time it said these words. 'is there no tale you know? Tell us something. you poor child. Then the girl told her father all that had happened. and everything was so grim and mysterious. who could not keep her head still. but he will kill you without mercy and afterwards cook and eat you. this is only a dream.' 'I went on through the house from room to room. but they were all empty. my love. this is only a dream. for the miller had taken care to invite all his friends and relations. each guest in turn was asked to tell a tale. They gave her three kinds of wine to drink. Linger not in this murderers' lair.' 'My darling. and cut her beautiful body into pieces and sprinkled salt upon it. the bride sat still and did not say a word.' 'Then they tore off her dainty clothing. and there sat a very. The day came that had been fixed for the marriage.' 'The old woman hid me behind a large cask. I asked her if my betrothed lived here. young maiden fair. turn back.' 'I will tell you a dream. At last I went down to the cellar. very old woman. but a bird that was hanging in a cage on the wall cried: 'Turn back.' . All night long they walked. and grown sufficiently above the ground. dragging a young girl along with them. white. and it was morning before they reached the mill."' 'My darling. As they sat at the feast. then. not a soul could I find within. and with that she died. and scarcely had she done this when the robbers returned home. this is only a dream. 'I went alone through a forest and came at last to a house.

'I wish I had someone to bring the cart after me. 'for you and me to sit here by ourselves.' and with these words the bride drew forth the finger and shewed it to the assembled guests. but the finger sprang into the air and fell behind the great cask into my lap.' 'Oh.'And one of the robbers saw that there was a gold ring still left on her finger. I will get into his ear and tell him which way to . 'how happy should I be if I had but one child! If it were ever so small--nay. as the woodman was getting ready to go into the wood to cut fuel. as he puffed out a long curl of smoke. for. They delivered him up to justice. 'How can that be? you cannot reach up to the horse's bridle. and as it was difficult to draw off. for I want to make haste. TOM THUMB A poor woodman sat in his cottage one night. smoking his pipe by the fireside. not long afterwards.' 'Never mind that. The bridegroom. father. we will love him dearly. So they said.' said the wife. and love it dearly. his eyes were sharp and sparkling.' Now--odd as you may think it--it came to pass that this good woman's wish was fulfilled. but was not much bigger than my thumb. he said. And here is the finger with the ring. if it were no bigger than my thumb--I should be very happy. 'How lonely it is.' cried Tom. just in the very way she had wished it. and he soon showed himself to be a clever little fellow. but the guests seized him and held him fast. who was quite healthy and strong. Still. the cart shall be in the wood by the time you want it. They gave him plenty of food.' said Tom.' said he. who during this recital had grown deadly pale.' Then the woodman laughed. without any children to play about and amuse us while other people seem so happy and merry with their children!' 'What you say is very true. yet for all they could do he never grew bigger. 'if my mother will only harness the horse. up and tried to escape. 'Well. One day. sighing.' And they called him Thomas Thumb. while his wife sat by his side spinning. we cannot say we have not got what we wished for. little as he is. 'I will take care of that. who always knew well what he was about. wife. father. and he and all his murderous band were condemned to death for their wicked deeds. he took a hatchet and cut off her finger. and. and said. she had a little boy. but kept just the same size as he had been when he was born. and turning round her wheel.

' 'I won't sell him at all. 'we will try for once. seeing his father. and did not know what to say for wonder. 'with us than with you.' So they went up to the woodman. The two strangers were all this time looking on. 'Let me get down. 'Where would you like to sit?' said one of them. we must buy him. 'Take the money. 'my own flesh and blood is dearer to me than all the silver and gold in the world. 'That little urchin will make our fortune. and Tom was calling out. At last one took the other aside. all right and safe! now take me down!' So his father took hold of the horse with one hand. where he sat as merry as you please. crying out. but all in vain. cried out.go.' said the father. 'I'm off! mind and look sharp after me the next time. and carry him about from town to town as a show. 'Good night.' But Tom. here I am with the cart. I can walk about there and see the country as we go along. 'He will be better off. indeed. and at last slipped into an old mouse-hole. and with the other took his son out of the horse's ear.' So they went on into the wood. 'What an odd thing that is!' said one: 'there is a cart going along. father. put me on the rim of your hat.' So the woodman at last said he would sell Tom to the strangers for a large piece of gold. and I hear a carter talking to the horse. and when Tom had taken leave of his father they took him away with them. in a ploughed field by the side of the road.' 'Well.' said the other.' So they did as he wished. and put Tom into his ear.' So the man took off his hat. and they paid the price. that will be a nice gallery for me. and then the little man said. till at last they came to the place where the woodman was. and see where it goes. as . Then Tom Thumb. and put him down on a clod of earth. crept up his father's coat to his shoulder and whispered in his ear. It happened that as the horse was going a little too fast.' said they. and at last it became quite dark. Tom only crawled farther and farther in. But Tom ran about amongst the furrows.' Then they ran at once to the place. They journeyed on till it began to be dusky. father.' When the time came the mother harnessed the horse to the cart. 'Gently! gently!' two strangers came up. my masters!' said he. and let them have me. I'll soon come back to you. but yet I can see no one. 'Oh. and as he sat there the little man told the beast how to go. if we can get him. hearing of the bargain they wanted to make.' said the father. 'let us follow the cart. and put him down upon a straw. 'See. I'm tired.' 'That is queer. 'Go on!' and 'Stop!' as he wanted: and thus the horse went on just as well as if the woodman had driven it himself into the wood. so that they were forced to go their way without their prize. and said. and poked the ends of their sticks into the mouse-hole. and asked him what he would take for the little man.

I should undoubtedly break my neck.' At last the thieves found him out. 'This is lucky. 'How can we rob that rich parson's house of his silver and gold?' 'I'll tell you!' cried Tom.' said he. so she sprang out of bed. The little man crawled about in the hay-loft. that you may not awaken anybody. and found nobody. saying. and said. and I'll soon show you how to get the parson's money.' Then Tom called out as loud as he could. but at last they plucked up their hearts. he found a large empty snail-shell.' When they came to the parson's house. softly! Speak low. Tom slipped through the window-bars into the room. but throw us out some of the money. and bawled out again. he came out of his hiding-place. thinking she must have been dreaming with her eyes open. 'in this ploughed field! If I were to fall from one of these great clods. and then find his way home to his father and . 'What noise was that?' said the thief. and hearing a noise she raised herself up in her bed and listened. 'Will you have all that is here?' At this the thieves were frightened. and at last found a snug place to finish his night's rest in. and throw you out whatever you want. and in he crept. Tom had slipped off into the barn. we shall see what you can do. Just as he was falling asleep. so he laid himself down.' But Tom seemed as if he did not understand them. When Tom found they were gone. 'Softly. having groped about and found nothing.' At last. and when she had looked about and searched every hole and corner. 'Take me with you. 'Look about on the ground. chatting together. meaning to sleep till daylight. I can get between the iron window-bars of the parson's house.' So they came back and whispered softly to him.' The cook heard this quite plain. 'The little urchin is only trying to make fools of us.' answered he.sulky as could be. The thieves ran off as if a wolf was at their tails: and the maid. Meantime the thieves were frightened. and one said to the other. and lifted him up in their hands. 'and listen where the sound comes from. 'I can sleep here very well'. 'I'm sure I heard someone speak. 'How much will you have? Shall I throw it all out?' Now the cook lay in the next room. went away for a light.' said he. by good luck. 'What dangerous walking it is. and ran off a little way.' They stood still listening.' said the thieves. 'what can you do for us?' 'Why. 'Now let us have no more of your roguish jokes. 'come along. she went to bed. and ran to open the door.' 'But where are you?' said they. and Tom said. and then called out as loud as he could bawl. and said.' 'That's a good thought. he heard two men passing by. 'You little urchin!' they said. By the time she came back. 'Very well! hold your hands! here it comes. frightened.

and said. and hearing someone speak. and the stomach. A hungry wolf sprang out. just as he had made room to get his head out. slept on.' 'Where's that?' said the wolf.' Though he made the best of his bad luck. was thrown out upon a dunghill.' said Tom. ham. At last down he went into her stomach. 'Woman. 'Don't bring me any more hay! Don't bring me any more hay!' The maid happened to be just then milking the cow. Tom soon set himself to work to get out. and yet being quite sure it was the same voice that she had heard in the night. he did not like his quarters at all. 'You can crawl through the drain into the kitchen and then into the pantry. a candle would be no bad thing. but seeing nobody. sir. Scarcely had they set foot on the threshold. He still. and thinking the cow was surely bewitched. 'It is rather dark. At last he cried out as loud as he could. and thinking the wolf would not dislike having some chat with him as he was going along. 'Good lack-a-day!' said he. told his man to kill her on the spot. to try and see what was the matter. 'Sir. 'In such and such a house. was still not disheartened. 'Don't bring me any more hay!' Then the parson himself was frightened. and the cow had taken Tom up in a mouthful of it. fast asleep. when Tom called out. and the worst of it was. and there you will find cakes. he called out. he went with her into the cow-house. 'they forgot to build windows in this room to let the sun in. in which Tom lay. but at last. with Tom in it. and ran away. and overset the milk-pail. As soon as she could pick herself up out of the dirt. she ran off as fast as she could to her master the parson. But alas! how woefully he was undone! what crosses and sorrows happen to us all in this world! The cook got up early. which was not a very easy task. describing his own father's house. at one gulp. thou art surely mad!' However. cold . I can show you a famous treat. Tom. however.mother. 'how came I to tumble into the mill?' But he soon found out where he really was.' said he. and going straight to the hay-loft. 'My good friend. and was forced to have all his wits about him. and cut up. fresh ill-luck befell him. with the little man in the middle of it. and swallowed up the whole stomach. however. for the cook had put the hay into the cow's rick. to feed the cows. and did not awake till he found himself in the mouth of the cow. beef. So the cow was killed. that more and more hay was always coming down. before daybreak. the cow is talking!' But the parson said. and the space left for him became smaller and smaller. carried away a large bundle of hay. and so be crushed to death. that he might not get between the cow's teeth. she was so frightened that she fell off her stool.

singing and shouting as loud as he could. 'Father. in one way or other. So Master Thumb stayed at home with his father and mother. As soon as he had had enough he wanted to get away. safe and sound.' 'Well. and killed him on the spot! and when he was dead they cut open his body. and now I am very glad to come home and get fresh air again. and ate and drank there to his heart's content. being awakened by the noise. and had done and seen so many fine things. and he told his wife not to use the scythe for fear she should hurt him.' The wolf did not want to be asked twice. 'Heaven be praised! we have found our dear child again'. where have you been?' said his father. I think. 'Do you stay behind.' said they. you may well suppose that they were sadly frightened.' 'Why. and he began. and gave him plenty to eat and drink.' 'What's that to me?' said the little man. 'and when I have knocked him on the head you must rip him up with the scythe. for he was very hungry. 'you'll awaken everybody in the house if you make such a clatter. apple-dumplings. peeped through a crack in the door. and set Tommy free. and gave his wife a scythe. for though he had been so great a traveller. now I've a mind to be merry myself'.' answered he. but he had eaten so much that he could not go out by the same way he came in. making all the noise he could. so that very night he went to the house and crawled through the drain into the kitchen. and struck the wolf on the head. he always agreed that. 'you are come back. and we will not sell you again for all the riches in the world. and then they fetched new clothes for him. father! I am here.chicken. and now he began to set up a great shout. and everything that your heart can wish. in peace. 'I have been in a mouse-hole--and in a snail-shell--and down a cow's throat--and in the wolf's belly. The woodman and his wife. and then into the pantry. and the woodman ran for his axe. since we parted. 'I have travelled all over the world. 'Will you be easy?' said the wolf. 'you have had your frolic.' Tom heard all this. 'what fears we have had for you!' 'Yes. This was just what Tom had reckoned upon. and cried out.' said the woodman. Then he aimed a great blow. but when they saw a wolf was there.' Then they hugged and kissed their dear little son. there's no place like HOME! . and yet here I am again. roast pig. father. 'Ah!' said the father. after all. and was fond enough of telling the whole story.' And his father said. the wolf has swallowed me. for his old ones had been quite spoiled on his journey.

who used to come and hunt in the wood. Then she knew not what to do. and the straw was all spun into gold. but the dwarf soon opened the door.' replied the maiden. reel away. and a droll-looking little man hobbled in. and when he heard the miller's boast his greediness was raised. that his daughter could spin gold out of straw. he was greatly astonished and pleased. what are you weeping for?' 'Alas!' said she.RUMPELSTILTSKIN By the side of a wood. and the miller. Lo and behold! Reel away. . and sat down once more to weep.' said she. and she was left alone. Lo and behold! Reel away. moreover. So her little friend took the ring. for that she could do no such thing as spin straw into gold: the chamber door was locked. my good lass. in a country a long way off. He took her at her word. and said. as you love your life. and he sent for the girl to be brought before him. Then he led her to a chamber in his palace where there was a great heap of straw. and began to bewail her hard fate.' 'What will you give me. She was. and began to work at the wheel again. 'to do it for you?' 'My necklace. and the miller was so proud of her. and sat himself down to the wheel. had a very beautiful daughter. 'Good morrow to you. and whistled and sang: 'Round about. Straw into gold!' And round about the wheel went merrily. that he one day told the king of the land. and upon the stream there stood a mill.' It was in vain that the poor maiden said that it was only a silly boast of her father. you must know. and whistled and sang: 'Round about. 'All this must be spun into gold before morning. and he shut up the poor miller's daughter again with a fresh task. Now this king was very fond of money. and said. round about. very shrewd and clever. round about. but his heart grew still more greedy of gain. and said.' said the hobgoblin. the work was quickly done. 'I must spin this straw into gold. when on a sudden the door opened. reel away. ran a fine stream of water. She sat down in one corner of the room. The miller's house was close by. and gave her a spinning-wheel. 'What will you give me to do your task?' 'The ring on my finger. and I know not how. When the king came and saw this.

and the manikin once more spun the heap into gold. and said. 'Madam. was forced to keep his word. At the birth of her first little child she was very glad. and if it is. among the trees of the forest where the fox and the hare bid each other good night. and singing: '"Merrily the feast I'll make.' As soon as she was alone that dwarf came in. . and round about the fire a funny little dwarf was dancing upon one leg. Round went the wheel again to the old song. and what she had said. HUNCHBACK. 'Madam.' 'That may never be. CROOK-SHANKS. where she was sitting playing with her baby. and put her in mind of it. and. ICHABOD. and so on. thinking of all the odd names that she had ever heard. BANDY-LEGS. and she began with TIMOTHY. 'I will give you three days' grace. she said she would do what he asked. till at last her tears softened him. 'Then say you will give me. The next day the little man came. but still he had not enough: so he took the miller's daughter to a yet larger heap. and said she would give him all the wealth of the kingdom if he would let her off. but to all and each of them he said. you shall keep your child. and said. and before the hut burnt a fire. you shall be my queen. finding all he wanted. and she really became queen. and said.' said the little man. Then she grieved sorely at her misfortune. and forgot the dwarf. and she sent messengers all over the land to find out new ones. and all the names she could remember. JEREMIAH. but yesterday. and if during that time you tell me my name. so he married the miller's daughter. but the little gentleman still said to every one of them. all was done again. 'I have travelled two days without hearing of any other names.' Now the queen lay awake all night. that is not my name. The king came in the morning. that is not my name. The king was greatly delighted to see all this glittering treasure.' The third day one of the messengers came back. long before morning. I saw a little hut. as I was climbing a high hill.' thought the miller's daughter: and as she knew no other way to get her task done. BENJAMIN.' The second day she began with all the comical names she could hear of.Straw into gold!' till. and he said. 'the first little child that you may have when you are queen. 'All this must be spun tonight. but in vain. But one day he came into her room. 'What will you give me to spin gold for you this third time?' 'I have nothing left.' said she.

madam!' 'Is it JEMMY?' 'It is not.' The master said: 'I will run . and a merry feast. lady. a draught of wine. but it will be a sin and a shame if they are not eaten the moment they are at their juiciest. there is a guest coming this evening. and called all her court round to enjoy the fun. she tasted the best of whatever she was cooking until she was satisfied. Little does my lady dream Rumpelstiltskin is my name!"' When the queen heard this she jumped for joy. 'We wish you a very good morning. put them on the spit. and as soon as her little friend came she sat down upon her throne.Today I'll brew. Then he made the best of his way off. master. 'Some witch told you that!--some witch told you that!' cried the little man. that they might roast. to take home with him to his hut in the woods. Merrily I'll dance and sing. The fowls began to turn brown. scalded them. and said: 'The cook must know what the food is like. 'Now. and as wine excites a desire to eat. tomorrow bake. Mr RUMPLESTILTSKIN!' CLEVER GRETEL There was once a cook named Gretel. and he cried out. was quite happy and thought: 'You certainly are a pretty girl!' And when she came home she drank. and were nearly ready.' 'I will see to it. and when she walked out with them on. For next day will a stranger bring. madam!' 'Is it TOM?' 'No. plucked them. she turned herself this way and that. and the nurse stood by her side with the baby in her arms. and said. 'No. while the nurse laughed and the baby crowed. prepare me two fowls very daintily. and dashed his right foot in a rage so deep into the floor. and all the court jeered at him for having had so much trouble for nothing.' answered Gretel. that he was forced to lay hold of it with both hands to pull it out. in her gladness of heart. but the guest had not yet arrived. what is my name?' 'Is it JOHN?' asked she. as if it was quite ready to be given up. and towards evening set them before the fire. I must take the fowls away from the fire. She killed two fowls. Then Gretel called out to her master: 'If the guest does not come. who wore shoes with red heels.' 'Can your name be RUMPELSTILTSKIN?' said the lady slyly.' It came to pass that the master one day said to her: 'Gretel. Then the little man began to chuckle at the thought of having the poor child.

I will run into the cellar. she ran screaming to her master. took an enormous drink and ate up the one chicken in great glee. When one of the chickens was swallowed down.' When the two wings were eaten. one fowl has been cut into. and said: 'Ah! how good fowls are! It certainly is a sin and a shame that they are not eaten at the right time!' She ran to the window. she thought: 'The other must go down too. and enjoyed it. Gretel was not idle. It suddenly occurred to her: 'Who knows? They are perhaps not coming at all. set a jug. what's right for the one is right for the other. enjoy yourself.myself. Meantime the master looked to see what the table was properly laid. Gretel. ate it. and knocked politely and courteously at the house-door. she went and looked for her master. to see if the master was not coming with his guest. makes one sweat and thirsty. take another drink. I will soon serve up. and hurried down the steps again as fast as he could. but she saw no one. he certainly did ask you to supper. Gretel thought: 'Something might be wrong.' So she cut it off. Gretel ran. and went back to the fowls and thought: 'One of the wings is burning! I had better take it off and eat it. the guest is coming directly after me!' 'Yes. While she was making the most of it. wherewith he was going to carve the chickens. and should not be interrupted. Gretel? What do you mean by . Gretel. and did not see him. when it is eaten you will have some peace. and sharpened it on the steps. and cried: 'You have invited a fine guest!' 'Why. she put her finger to her lips and said: 'Hush! hush! go away as quickly as you can.' Then she said: 'Well. Just listen how he is sharpening the knife for it!' The guest heard the sharpening. Gretel. and thought that wine should flow on. but his intention is to cut off your two ears. if my master catches you it will be the worse for you. it ought to be tasted!' She touched it with her finger. and when she saw the guest. and eat it up entirely. and thought: 'Standing so long by the fire there. her master came and cried: 'Hurry up.' and took a good drink. and fetch the guest.' answered Gretel. the two go together. and looked to see who was there. Presently the guest came. and took the great knife.' So she took another hearty drink. But as the roast meat smelt so good. and when she had done. Gretel laid the spit with the fowls on one side. and took yet another hearty draught. and still her master did not come. why should God's good gifts be spoilt?' So she ran into the cellar again. said: 'God bless it for you. Gretel looked at the other and said: 'What one is. the other should be likewise. sir. and take a drink. who knows when they will come? Meanwhile. basted them. I think if I were to take another draught it would do me no harm. and drove the spit merrily round. or else master will observe that something is missing. and have turned in somewhere. and let the second chicken follow the first.' When the master had turned his back.' She ran down. Then she went and put the fowls down again to the fire.

and not even enough of it. his knees trembled. and has run away with them!' 'That's a nice trick!' said her master. whose eyes had become dim. in order to take them both with him. just one. and when he sat at table he could hardly hold the spoon. His son and his son's wife were disgusted at this. The young wife scolded him.' said she. Then they took the old grandfather to the table. and it fell to the ground and broke. and . his ears dull of hearing. 'What are you doing there?' asked the father. and still less money to buy one.' answered the child. so that something remained for me to eat. They were once sitting thus when the little grandson of four years old began to gather together some bits of wood upon the ground. and spilt the broth upon the table-cloth or let it run out of his mouth. so the old grandfather at last had to sit in the corner behind the stove. And he used to look towards the table with his eyes full of tears.' meaning that the guest should leave him just one chicken. THE OLD MAN AND HIS GRANDSON There was once a very old man. Then he ran after him with the knife still in his hand. and ran as if fire were burning under him. 'for father and mother to eat out of when I am big.' The man and his wife looked at each other for a while. 'he has taken the chickens which I was just going to serve up. He had not even so much as a cow. too. THE LITTLE PEASANT There was a certain village wherein no one lived but really rich peasants. crying: 'Just one. The guest. Once. and lamented the fine chickens. and likewise said nothing if he did spill a little of anything. Then they brought him a wooden bowl for a few half-pence. however. 'If he had but left me one. and just one poor one.' He called to him to stop. his trembling hands could not hold the bowl. whom they called the little peasant. but the guest pretended not to hear. and they gave him his food in an earthenware bowl.that?' 'Yes. but he said nothing and only sighed. 'I am making a little trough. thought no otherwise than that he was to give up one of his ears. and henceforth always let him eat with them. off the dish. out of which he had to eat. and presently began to cry. and not take both.

he inquired where it was. and their gossip the carpenter cut and planed the calf. the little peasant called the cow-herd in and said: 'Look. so we will have a feast. and waited for his little calf. he could go no farther. cakes. One day he said to her: 'Listen. and turned back to the mill and begged for shelter.' and led the cow-herd before the mayor. The cow-herd said: 'It must have run away. and could give it nothing to eat. so that it looks like any other. but they had no food for it. salad. And now the little peasant and his wife had the cow for which they had so long wished. and they were heartily glad. It would not stop and come with us. and the woman thought: 'He is tired and has gone to sleep. he said to the calf: 'If you can stand there and eat your fill. The little calf always remained standing like one which was eating. roast meat.' Then they went back to the meadow together. so it soon had to be killed. . But as the weather grew so bad and there was a storm of rain and wind. and out of pity he took him and wrapped him in the skin.' The peasant. just look how it eats already!' At night when he was going to drive the herd home again. who for his carelessness condemned him to give the peasant a cow for the calf which had run away. Then the woman served up four different things. and said: 'My husband is out. and there sat a raven with broken wings. and it was gone. and when he heard them talk about feasting he was vexed that he had been forced to make shift with a slice of bread and cheese. The miller's wife was alone in the house.yet he and his wife did so wish to have one. and paint it brown. The peasant ate it. I have a good idea. there is our gossip the carpenter. but it is still small and has to be carried. and when the cow-herd drove the cows through the village. and the cow-herd said: 'It will soon run by itself. and the calf was missing.' But the little peasant said: 'Oh. The cow-herd answered: 'It is still standing out there eating. but someone had stolen the calf. and painted it as it ought to be. and made it with its head hanging down as if it were eating. I have a little calf there. said: 'Don't tell me that. but I must have my beast back again.' The peasant listened. and the peasant went into the town and wanted to sell the skin there. the miller's wife received him well. and set it among the grass.' and gave him a slice of bread and cheese. and in time it will certainly get big and be a cow. and said to the peasant: 'Lay yourself on the straw there. he shall make us a wooden calf. so that he might buy a new calf with the proceeds. Next morning when the cows were being driven out. and lay down with his skin beside him.' and took it in his arms and carried it to the pasture. however.' the woman also liked the idea.' In the meantime came the parson. you can also go on your four legs. On the way he passed by a mill. and wine. They salted the flesh.' The cow-herd said: 'All right.' But the little peasant stood at his door. I don't care to drag you home again in my arms.

and after that they bargained how much the miller was to give for the fifth prophecy. there was a knocking outside. The woman said: 'Oh. he says that there is some roast meat in the tiled stove. he says that there is some salad on the bed. 'What is that fellow doing there?' 'Ah. until they agreed on three hundred talers. but the miller's wife was frightened to death. The peasant made the raven prophesy still more.' said he. the salad on the bed. and asked: 'What have you there?' The peasant answered: 'I have a soothsayer inside it. Then the peasant once more pinched the raven's head till he croaked loudly. but the little peasant said: 'First.' 'Bless me!' cried the miller. krr. After this the miller saw the skin in which the raven was. Then she opened the door for her husband. and the parson in the closet on the porch.' 'That would be a fine thing!' cried the miller. you are back again! There is such a storm. so that he croaked and made a noise like krr.' and looked at the peasant and said: 'Come and eat some more with me.' The peasant did not require to be invited twice. and went there and found the salad.' 'That would be a fine thing!' cried the miller. 'Now go on.' The woman said: 'But I have nothing but bread and cheese. The peasant made the raven croak again. and begged for shelter. so I gave him a bit of bread and cheese. The miller asked: 'What did he say?' The peasant replied: 'He says that the Devil is hiding outside there in . for the fifth is something bad. he says that there is some wine hidden under the pillow. the wine under the pillow. and said: 'Thirdly. The miller would have liked much to know the fifth. and the fifth he keeps to himself. he says that there are some cakes under the bed. and said: 'Let him foretell something for once. and went thither. and showed him where the straw was. and looked there. and asked. but be quick and get me something to eat.' replied the husband.' 'I am contented with anything. 'the poor knave came in the storm and rain. The miller said: 'What did he say?' The peasant answered: 'In the first place. and said: 'In the second place. we will quickly eat the four things. the cakes under it. and went to bed and took all the keys with her. but got up and ate.' So they ate.' The miller was curious.' 'Upon my word!' cried the miller. and went there and found the wine.' The man said: 'I have no objection.' Then the peasant pinched the raven's head. 'Why not?' answered the peasant: 'but he only says four things. it looks as if the world were coming to an end. lying on the ground. bread and cheese will do.' said the wife. and found the cakes.Just as they were about to sit down and eat.' 'Can he foretell anything to me?' said the miller. and said: 'Fourthly. And now the two sat down to the table together. At last the peasant pinched the raven once more till he croaked. heavens! It is my husband!' she quickly hid the roast meat inside the tiled stove. and said: 'Thank heaven. and found the roast meat. 'so far as I am concerned.' The miller saw the peasant lying on the straw.

they too wished to enjoy this great profit. and bidden to say from whence his wealth came. said: 'But my servant must go first. I would get into the barrel at once.' Then the small peasant was brought before the mayor. and the peasants said: 'The small peasant has certainly been to the place where golden snow falls. then the woman was forced to give up the keys. The others were all obliged to retire to a distance. killed all their cows. and got in. I saw the black rascal with my own eyes. At home the small peasant gradually launched out.' The peasant.the closet on the porch. wanted to take vengeance on him.' The peasant said: 'If you will get in. and was to be rolled into the water. he built a beautiful house. and a priest was brought who was to say a mass for his soul. so he cried with all his might: 'No. the shepherd cried: 'I am quite willing to be mayor.' When the peasants heard that. however. and when the others came. The parson ran out as fast as he could. and people carry the gold home in shovels. but I will not do it. with a flock of sheep. made off next morning by daybreak with the three hundred talers. for three hundred talers.' The shepherd was willing. in a barrel pierced full of holes. the very shepherd whom the peasant knew had long been wishing to be mayor. and the peasant unlocked the closet.' The shepherd said: 'If nothing more than that is needful in order to be mayor. The parson went to the crowd. however. Then they came and rolled the barrel towards the water. and asked: 'What are you about? What is it that you will not do?' The peasant said: 'They want to make me mayor. and stripped off their skins in order to sell them in the town to the greatest advantage. came up to him. he recognized the man who had been with the miller's wife. then he took the shepherd's flock for himself. and accused him of this treachery before the major. and the miller said: 'It was true. if the whole world insists on it. set me free from the barrel.' At this same moment up came. The innocent little peasant was unanimously sentenced to death. if I will but put myself in the barrel. I will not do it!' The shepherd hearing that.' and opened the house-door. and answered: 'That is what we intend. he did not give her more than two talers for a skin.' When she came to the merchant in the town. and said: 'What can I do with all these skins?' Then the peasants were vexed that the small peasant should have thus outwitted them. I will not do it. and declared that the mass had been said. you will be mayor. and ran home. and the peasant shut the top down on him.' They believed no otherwise than that it was the peasant who was saying this. he did not give them so much. The mayor. He was led forth. When the barrel began to roll. and when the peasant looked at the priest. He said to him: 'I set you free from the closet. and drove it away. but first you shall look about you a little down below . He answered: 'I sold my cow's skin in the town.' The miller said: 'The Devil must go out.

and as they were entering the village. FREDERICK AND CATHERINE There was once a man called Frederick: he had a wife whose name was Catherine.' Then the peasants made up their minds that they too would fetch some sheep for themselves. splash! went the water. and the small peasant. deep down. from whence do you come? Have you come out of the water?' 'Yes. The steak soon began to look brown.' So they went to the water together. a flock apiece.' 'Very well.' So she left the pan on the fire and took a large jug and went into the cellar and tapped the ale cask.' So up she ran from the cellar. and there were pretty meadows on which a number of lambs were feeding. Then the peasants were astonished. and from thence I brought this flock away with me. After that the peasants went home. and crept out. One day Frederick said. and if things promise well I'll call you. 'it shall all be ready.' Said the peasants: 'Are there any more there?' 'Oh. and away ran the dog across the field: but he ran . At last it popped into her head. but the mayor said: 'I come first. which are called little lambs. 'I sank deep. Catherine took a nice steak. truly. and put it on the fire to fry. 'more than I could want. Then the entire village was dead. when I come back I shall be hungry so let me have something nice cooked. and a good draught of ale. and just then there were some of the small fleecy clouds in the blue sky. Away ran Catherine.' replied the peasant. yes. and said: 'Peasant. 'Kate! I am going to work in the fields. I pushed the bottom out of the barrel. and the whole crowd plunged in after him as one man. the small peasant also came quietly in.' said she.' and they rolled the barrel down into the water. until at last I got to the bottom. whereupon the peasants cried: 'We already see the sheep down below!' The mayor pressed forward and said: 'I will go down first. 'The steak is almost ready.' said he. and was making off with it. and look about me. that's well thought of. as sole heir. I may as well go to the cellar for the ale. 'The dog is not shut up--he may be running away with the steak. and sure enough the rascally cur had got the steak in his mouth. and to crackle in the pan. The beer ran into the jug and Catherine stood looking on. and they were reflected in the water. and Catherine stood by with a fork and turned it: then she said to herself.' So he jumped in.' When dinner-time drew nigh.there. and they had not long been married. became a rich man. which was all the meat she had. driving a flock of sheep and looking quite contented. it sounded as if he were calling them.

he cried out. 'It's all gone.' said she. 'that I never will. the dog ran away with it. but I have no money: if you had any use for yellow buttons. she walked home leisurely to cool herself. wife. 'I did not know I was doing wrong.' Now he had a good deal of gold in the house: so he said to Catherine.' Then she strewed the meal all about the cellar. 'Kate. and at last remembered that there was a sack of fine meal bought at the last fair.' 'No. and thus all the ale that had been saved was set swimming on the floor also.' said she. 'Now.' said Catherine. I might deal with you. 'when one goes another may as well follow. and left her plenty of plates and dishes. 'What a lucky thing.' cried he. So she turned round. 'that we kept that meal! we have now a good use for it. there came by some pedlars with earthenware plates and dishes. what have you been doing?' 'See. and while I ran after him. Then she set them all about the house for a show: and when Frederick came back.' said she.' 'Yellow buttons!' said they: 'let us have a look at them.' said he. 'Oh dear me. and was quite pleased with her cleverness. Kate. you should have told me before. 'If my wife manages matters thus. 'I have bought all these with your yellow . I upset the jug: but the cellar is now quite dry.faster than she. 'What pretty yellow buttons these are! I shall put them into a box and bury them in the garden. I should like to buy very much.' The husband thought to himself.' So the rogues went: and when they found what these yellow buttons were. Frederick. and stuck close to the steak. and that if she sprinkled this over the floor it would suck up the ale nicely. and when I went to dry up the ale with the sack of meal that we got at the fair. and "what can't be cured must be endured".' So away she went for it: but she managed to set it down just upon the great jug full of beer. and the ale to run. 'what shall I do to keep Frederick from seeing all this slopping about?' So she thought a while. and said. 'Ah! well.' As soon as he was gone.' said she. but take care that you never go near or meddle with them. and upset it. When she got to the cellar stairs she saw what had happened.' 'Go into the garden and dig where I tell you. the ale ran out. 'I was cooking you a steak. Now all this time the ale was running too. for Catherine had not turned the cock. Frederick. 'My stars!' said she. they took them all away. and looks so clean!' 'Kate. I must look sharp myself. and then spoil all the meal?' 'Why. and as she had run a good way and was tired. 'how could you do all this?' Why did you leave the steak to fry. and you will find the yellow buttons: I dare not go myself. but while I went down to draw the ale. 'How very neat and clean it looks!' At noon Frederick came home.' said she. and when the jug was full the liquor ran upon the floor till the cask was empty. and they asked her whether she would buy. 'what have you for dinner?' 'O Frederick!' answered she.

and at last said to her husband. for I have often seen him take some. 'you did not tell me. and away it went. see now.' said Frederick. down the side of which there was a road so narrow that the cart wheels always chafed the trees on each side as they passed.' said Frederick. 'Oh!' answered she.' So she took pity on them. he has younger legs than I have. and she could not stay there all day waiting for them. and I suppose they are both on the road together somewhere. the pedlars went themselves and dug them up. I shall be so much nearer home than he. and do it now before we go any farther. 'Well. I hope you locked the door safe when you came away.' Presently she came to the top of a hill. nobody knows where. While she was doing this kind office one of her cheeses fell out of the basket. 'I am sure you never told me not. we will try. But she said she supposed that they knew the road.' 'Then go home. 'Kate. 'how they have bruised and wounded those poor trees.' thought she: 'when we turn back. At last she overtook Frederick. and would follow her. who desired her to give him something to eat. 'I did not know there was any harm in it. but could not see where it had gone. 'what a pretty piece of work you have made! those yellow buttons were all my money: how came you to do such a thing?' 'Why. Then she gave him the dry bread.' said she. 'Ah.' 'Very well. and they set out: and as Frederick walked the fastest. we will soon get the gold back: let us run after the thieves. so that the wheels might not hurt them so much. he left his wife some way behind. 'It does not matter. they will never get well.' 'Well. and made use of the butter to grease them all.' Then she rolled the other cheese after it. 'How can you say so?' said she. 'I used the butter to grease those poor trees that the wheels chafed so: and one of the cheeses ran away so I sent the other after it to find it.' said she.' 'What a goose you are to do such silly things!' said the husband. 'and bring with you something to eat. down the hill.' 'No. and rolled down the hill.' Catherine did as he told her. 'but take some butter and cheese with you. wife. you should have told me. and Frederick said. 'Where are the butter and cheese?' said he. that we may have something to eat by the way. and thought to herself by the way. so she said.' They ate the dry bread together.' answered he. I suppose the other will go the same way and find you.' answered she. and the vinegar. but I don't think he is very fond of butter and cheese: I'll bring him a bag of fine nuts.' answered she. Frederick.buttons: but I did not touch them myself. Catherine looked.' Catherine stood musing for a while. 'Hark ye. 'Frederick wants something to eat.' 'Wife.' .

than who should come by but the very rogues they were looking for. Catherine thought the door was still very heavy: so she whispered to Frederick. 'not now. and tried to hit the thieves on the head with them: but they only said. they were tired. but I'll not carry the nuts and vinegar bottle also--that would be too much of a load. then. make haste and throw them down. 'go it must. but they could not find them: and when it grew dark.' 'No.' Frederick of course made no objection to that plan. 'There.' But he begged and prayed her not to do so.When she reached home. Frederick. it is hailing. for he was sure it would betray them. 'Frederick.' 'Pray don't. 'Here goes. and they set off into the wood to look for the thieves. ran away as fast as they . for the wind shakes the fir-apples down. 'I'll carry the door. 'Frederick. I must throw the door down soon. who had the door on her shoulder.' answered he. so if you please. you may watch it as carefully as you please. she bolted the back door. 'Frederick told me to lock the door. there is the door itself. however. 'it will discover us. 'It must be near morning. Frederick slipped down on the other side. 'Bless me. but surely it can nowhere be so safe if I take it with me.' answered she.' 'Alas! alas!' said he. and belonged to that class of people who find things before they are lost. they will discover us. Then he climbed up again. so they sat down and made a fire under the very tree where Frederick and Catherine were.' 'I can't help that: they must go. and when she overtook her husband she cried out. I'll fasten them to the door.' said she: and down went the door with such a clatter upon the thieves.' A little while after.' 'Well. 'What a heavy dew there is!' At last it popped into Catherine's head that it was the door itself that was so heavy all the time: so she whispered.' Catherine. 'I must throw the vinegar down. but she thought it was the nuts upon it that were so heavy: so she said softly.' said she. 'what a clever wife I have! I sent you to make the house fast.' So she poured all the vinegar down. They were in truth great rascals.' So she took her time by the way. you shall carry it about with you for your pains. that they cried out 'Murder!' and not knowing what was coming. but the front door she took off the hinges.' Then away rattled the nuts down among the boughs and one of the thieves cried.' 'I can't help that. I must let the nuts go. and picked up some stones. and the thieves said.' answered he. began to be very tired. they climbed up into a tree to spend the night there. as you have brought the door. if you will. Scarcely were they up. and you take the door away. and said.' 'Very well. so that everybody may go in and out as they please--however.

she called her daughter. and cried again: 'Where are you?' 'Here in the kitchen. and push her well to the front. and she took the dead girl's head and dropped three drops of blood on the ground. When he came out. and this one she hated. but has struck her own child. The stepdaughter once had a pretty apron. Then the witch cried: 'Where are you?' 'Here. one in front of the bed. .' It would have been all over with the poor girl if she had not just then been standing in a corner. one ugly and wicked. but when she was asleep. The old woman went out. Only be careful that you are at the far side of the bed. and cut her own child's head off. When the old witch got up next morning. my stepmother wanted to kill me. So when Frederick and Catherine came down. on the stairs. the other pushed her gently to the front. we must fly in all haste. and then she grasped the axe with both hands. and left all the gold. When daylight comes. and took for herself the place at the back. but she did not come. 'Be quiet.' cried the second drop of blood. my child. the witch's daughter got into bed first. 'and you shall have it. and this one she loved because she was her own daughter. I am sweeping. one in the kitchen. and told her mother that she must and would have that apron. we shall be lost. I am warming myself. because she was her stepdaughter. there they found all their money safe and sound. Then she cried again: 'Where are you?' 'Ah. 'I counsel you first to take away her magic wand. and one beautiful and good. who was called Roland.' said Roland. and one on the stairs. Your stepsister has long deserved death. the girl got up and went to her sweetheart. and felt with her left to see if anyone were lying at the outside. and wanted to give her the apron. close by the wall. dearest Roland. Then she hurried away with her lover. SWEETHEART ROLAND There was once upon a time a woman who was a real witch and had two daughters. or we cannot escape if she pursues us. and when bedtime had come. and knocked at his door.' said the old woman. tonight when she is asleep I will come and cut her head off. All day long she dared not go out of doors. but found no one.' answered the first drop of blood. the old woman came creeping in. she held an axe in her right hand. and heard everything. so as to lie at the far side. but saw no one on the stairs. When she had gone away. which the other fancied so much that she became envious. and she sees what she has done.' 'But.' The maiden fetched the magic wand. she said to him: 'Listen. In the night.could. She went into the kitchen.

From that time forth. plucked it. 'I will play to you while you do it. may I pluck that beautiful flower for myself?' 'Oh. The poor girl remained there a long time. you shall still not escape me. and as it was so pretty. in which she covered an hour's walk at every step.here in the bed. as he did not return at all. She went into the room to the bed. But when Roland got home.' cried the third drop of blood.' he replied. and said to the musician: 'Dear musician. strange things happened in the shepherd's house. and whether she would or not. when she saw the old woman striding towards her. the table and benches cleaned.' It befell. however. that a shepherd kept his sheep in the field and saw the flower. and they walked on the whole night until daybreak. yes. The faster he played. for it was a magical dance. but at length. her sweetheart Roland into a lake. The witch placed herself on the shore. whose head she had cut off. 'even if you have got a long way off. the more violent springs was she forced to make. he fell into the snares of another. The witch fell into a passion. and the water was fetched. When he arose in the morning. What did she see there? Her own child.' Then Roland went away. changed. who so fascinated him that he forgot the maiden.' 'Then in the meantime I will stay here and wait for you. with her magic wand. and the thorns tore her clothes from her body. but the duck did not let herself be enticed. however. Then the maiden changed herself into a beautiful flower which stood in the midst of a briar hedge. he began to play. and as she could look forth quite far into the world. 'That shall not help you. she perceived her stepdaughter hurrying away with her sweetheart Roland. and went to endless trouble to entice the duck. and her sweetheart Roland into a fiddler.' said the girl. bathed in her blood. knowing perfectly well who the flower was. she was forced to dance. and as he did not stop. Roland said: 'Now I will go to my father and arrange for the wedding. and changed herself into a flower. she was sad. and the old woman had to go home at night as she had come. the fire in the hearth was lighted.' cried she. and the girl stood like a red landmark in the field and waited for her beloved. and thought: 'Someone will surely come this way. I will change myself into a red stone landmark. threw breadcrumbs in. and it was not long before she overtook them. and at noon. and laid it away in his chest. . I am sleeping. and trample me down.' As she was hastily creeping into the hedge and was just going to pluck the flower. all the work was already done. the room was swept. At this the girl and her sweetheart Roland resumed their natural shapes again. took it with him. As they were now set free.' She put on her many-league boots. The girl. 'and that no one may recognize me. and herself into a duck swimming in the middle of it. sprang to the window. It was not long before the witch came striding up towards them. and pricked her and wounded her till she bled. she had to dance till she lay dead on the ground.

she stepped back. but still at last he was so afraid that he went to a wise woman and asked for her advice. she grew so sad that she thought her heart would break. and as she pleased him he asked her if she would marry him. and three drops of blood fell upon it. Then the faithful maiden held her wedding with her sweetheart Roland. The frame of the window was made of fine black ebony. he sprang up and cried: 'I know the voice. and that up to this time she had attended to his house-keeping. But when she began her song. and which had vanished from his mind. that is the true bride. and grief came to an end and joy began. I will have no other!' Everything he had forgotten. who admitted to him that she had been the flower. and then the magic will be stopped. the table was laid. and the flower come out.' The shepherd did as she bade him. throw a white cloth over it. she promised not to go away. And now the time drew near when Roland's wedding was to be celebrated. Then she gazed thoughtfully upon the red drops that sprinkled the white snow. and she would not go thither.when he came home. but to continue keeping house for the shepherd. and then she could not refuse. and next morning just as day dawned. and it reached Roland's ears. that the queen of a country many thousand miles off sat working at her window. listen very early some morning if anything is moving in the room. and a good dinner served. but the other girls came and took her. she pricked her finger. The wise woman said: 'There is some enchantment behind it. and threw a white cloth over it.' for she wanted to remain faithful to her sweetheart Roland. when the broad flakes of snow were falling around. and as she sat looking out upon the snow. he saw the chest open. it was announced that all the girls were to be present at it. Instantly the transformation came to an end. When the faithful maiden heard of this. When it came to her turn to sing. had suddenly come home again to his heart. He could not conceive how this came to pass. and sing in honour of the bridal pair. according to an old custom in the country. but she answered: 'No. SNOWDROP It was the middle of winter. and no one could have concealed himself in it. and said. until at last she was the only one left. She told him her story. and a beautiful girl stood before him. and then. no matter what it is. Nevertheless. 'Would that my little . He was certainly pleased with this good attendance. for he never saw a human being in his house. although he had deserted her. and if you see anything. Swiftly he sprang towards it.

queen. and say: 'Tell me. and seven little glasses with wine in them. but his heart melted when Snowdrop begged him to spare her life.daughter may be as white as that snow. and was very beautiful. and called to one of her servants. Then poor Snowdrop wandered along through the wood in great fear. and he said. and the king soon married another wife. but so vain that she could not bear to think that anyone could be handsomer than she was. art fair. and then she would gaze upon herself in it. she picked a little piece of each loaf and drank a very little wine out of each . and by the wall stood seven little beds. to which she used to go.' So he left her by herself. glass. In the evening she came to a cottage among the hills. Then the glass one day answered the queen. but none did her any harm. that I may never see her any more. seven little loaves.' But Snowdrop grew more and more beautiful. for her little feet would carry her no further. and when she was seven years old she was as bright as the day. who?' And the glass had always answered: 'Thou. and fairer than the queen herself. and as black as this ebony windowframe!' And so the little girl really did grow up. and though he thought it most likely that the wild beasts would tear her in pieces. As she was very hungry. But Snowdrop is lovelier far than thee!' When she heard this she turned pale with rage and envy. 'I will not hurt you. and the wild beasts roared about her. he felt as if a great weight were taken off his heart when he had made up his mind not to kill her but to leave her to her fate. who became queen. and beauteous to see. queen. her cheeks as rosy as the blood. and went in to rest. with the chance of someone finding and saving her. Everything was spruce and neat in the cottage: on the table was spread a white cloth. and she was called Snowdrop. and there were seven little plates. 'Take Snowdrop away into the wide wood. when she went to look in it as usual: 'Thou. art the fairest in all the land. Who is fairest. She had a fairy looking-glass. But this queen died.' Then the servant led her away. tell me. and seven knives and forks laid in order. and said. as red as that blood. tell me true! Of all the ladies in the land. her skin was as white as snow. and her hair as black as ebony. thou pretty child.

The first said. till at last the seventh suited her: and there she laid herself down and went to sleep. and everyone cried out that somebody had been upon his bed. in the greenwood shade.glass. and after that she thought she would lie down and rest. and she Is lovelier far. O queen! than thee. 'The queen will soon find out where you are. 'Who has been picking my bread?' The fourth. and they pitied her. and said. 'Who has been sitting on my stool?' The second. 'Who has been drinking my wine?' Then the first looked round and said. Who is fairest. Then they went out all day long to their work. and said if she would keep all things in order. but one was too long. and they warned her. Now they were seven little dwarfs. So she tried all the little beds. and they would take good care of her. and cook and wash and knit and spin for them. so take care and let no one in. 'Who has been lying on my bed?' And the rest came running to him. she might stay where she was. There Snowdrop is hiding her head. They lighted up their seven lamps. now that she thought Snowdrop was dead. tell me true! Of all the ladies in the land. tell me. art the fairest in all this land: But over the hills. Where the seven dwarfs their dwelling have made. and saw at once that all was not right. By and by in came the masters of the cottage. In the morning Snowdrop told them all her story. and called all his brethren to come and see her. seeking for gold and silver in the mountains: but Snowdrop was left at home. 'Who has been handling my fork?' The sixth. and the seventh dwarf slept an hour with each of the other dwarfs in turn. and she went to her glass and said: 'Tell me.' . and another was too short. and dug and searched for gold. 'Who has been meddling with my spoon?' The fifth. glass. and said. that lived among the mountains. 'Who has been cutting with my knife?' The seventh. queen. believed that she must be the handsomest lady in the land. who?' And the glass answered: 'Thou. 'Good heavens! what a lovely child she is!' And they were very glad to see her. But the seventh saw Snowdrop. and took care not to wake her.' But the queen. and they cried out with wonder and astonishment and brought their lamps to look at her. 'Who has been eating off my plate?' The third. till the night was gone.

Then the queen was very much frightened. queen. and very soon came to life again. There Snowdrop is hiding her head. and she dressed herself up again. art the fairest in all this land: But over the hills. she went straight to her glass. and said. to the place where the dwarfs dwelt.' Then the blood ran cold in her heart with spite and malice. 'how badly your stays are laced! Let me lace them up with one of my nice new laces. and she fell down as if she were dead. they cut the lace. and spoke to it as before. as she ran down and unbolted the door. and soon found the poisoned . Then they said. 'There's an end to all thy beauty.' 'I will let the old lady in. but the moment it touched her head. 'There you may lie. and went away home. and cried. 'Good day.' thought Snowdrop. 'Only look at my beautiful combs!' and gave her the poisoned one. 'The old woman was the queen herself. and was sure that the servant had betrayed her. and in a little time she began to breathe. the poison was so powerful that she fell down senseless. 'Bless me!' said the old woman. Then she knocked at the door. and took with her a poisoned comb. but she set to work so nimbly. And she could not bear to think that anyone lived who was more beautiful than she was. and pulled the lace so tight.' Snowdrop did not dream of any mischief. for she knew that the glass always spoke the truth. 'Fine wares to sell!' Snowdrop looked out at the window. but in quite another dress from the one she wore before. fine wares. and let no one in when we are away. so she dressed herself up as an old pedlar. but to her great grief it still said: 'Thou.' said the spiteful queen. and she Is lovelier far. in the greenwood shade. However. Where the seven dwarfs their dwelling have made. and cried. she seems to be a very good sort of body. 'Fine wares to sell!' But Snowdrop said. that she took it up and put it into her hair to try it. O queen! than thee. take care another time. But by good luck the dwarfs came in very early that evening.' said the queen.' said she. good woman! what have you to sell?' 'Good wares. 'I dare not let anyone in. she knocked at the door. to see that Snowdrop still lived.' When the queen got home. And it looked so pretty.' Then the queen said. and went her way. they lifted her up. In the evening the seven dwarfs came home. as if she was quite dead. that Snowdrop's breath was stopped. and when they saw Snowdrop lying on the ground. and when they found what ailed her. 'laces and bobbins of all colours. When she reached the dwarfs' cottage. and I need not say how grieved they were to see their faithful Snowdrop stretched out upon the ground. they thought what had happened. and went her way over the hills. so she stood before the old woman.

art the fairest of all the fair. 'what are you afraid of? Do you think it is poisoned? Come! do you eat one part. and shook with rage when she read the very same answer as before. and then a raven. and they were afraid that she was quite dead. But she had scarcely put the piece into her mouth. and washed her face with wine and water. so they said. 'We will never bury her in the cold ground. Meantime the queen went home to her glass. 'This time nothing will save thee. 'I dare not let anyone in. and combed her hair. for the dwarfs have told me not.' And they made a coffin of glass. and got ready a poisoned apple: the outside looked very rosy and tempting. and sat by her side. And the coffin was set among the hills. and she went home to her glass. and bemoaned Snowdrop.' And then her wicked heart was glad. and first of all came an owl. though the other side was poisoned. So they laid her down upon a bier.' 'No. and the dwarfs had gone home. and her face looked just as it did while she was alive. queen. she could wait no longer. Then she dressed herself up as a peasant's wife. and at last a dove.' said Snowdrop. and at last it said: 'Thou. 'Snowdrop shall die. and when she saw the old woman eat. and as happy as such a heart could be. and all seven watched and bewailed her three whole days. and she said.' 'You silly girl!' answered the other. and knocked at the door.' 'Do as you please. and then they thought they would bury her: but her cheeks were still rosy. if it cost me my life.' said the queen. And the birds of the air came too. And when they took it away she got well.comb. 'but at any rate take this pretty apple. I will give it you. and that she was a king's daughter. but all was in vain.' So she went by herself into her chamber. And thus Snowdrop lay for a long. when she fell down dead upon the ground. They lifted her up. and they warned her once more not to open the door to anyone. so that they might still look at her. and as red . and I will eat the other. for the apple looked so very nice. When evening came. and wrote upon it in golden letters what her name was.' Now the apple was so made up that one side was good. Then Snowdrop was much tempted to taste. and still only looked as though she was asleep. long time. but Snowdrop put her head out of the window and said. they found Snowdrop lying on the ground: no breath came from her lips. 'I dare not take it. and one of the dwarfs always sat by it and watched. for she was even now as white as snow. and told them all that had passed. but whoever tasted it was sure to die. and travelled over the hills to the dwarfs' cottage. for the little girl seemed quite dead.' said the old woman.

'I love you far better than all the world. 'We will not part with her for all the gold in the world. At last a prince came and called at the dwarfs' house. To the feast was asked. and everything was got ready with great pomp and splendour for their wedding.' And Snowdrop consented. as she thought. many years. and you shall be my wife. among the rest. that she could not help setting out to see the bride. and fell down and died: but Snowdrop and the prince lived and reigned happily over that land many. but they said. and gave him the coffin. THE PINK There was once upon a time a queen to whom God had given no children. Then an angel from heaven came to her . and as black as ebony. Every morning she went into the garden and prayed to God in heaven to bestow on her a son or a daughter. lady. Then he offered the dwarfs money. the piece of apple fell from between her lips. but the moment he lifted it up to carry it home with him. and sometimes they went up into the mountains.' At last. 'Where am I?' And the prince said. glass. Who is fairest.as blood.' Then he told her all that had happened. who had been so kind to Snowdrop in her time of need. they had pity on him. and went home with the prince. and prayed and besought them to let him take her away. I ween.' When she heard this she started with rage. and as she was dressing herself in fine rich clothes. 'Thou art quite safe with me. Snowdrop's old enemy the queen. she looked in the glass and said: 'Tell me. had been dead a long while. tell me true! Of all the ladies in the land. she choked with rage. but her envy and curiosity were so great. and said. and saw that it was no other than Snowdrop. and Snowdrop awoke. who. art loveliest here. And when she got there. and said. and paid a visit to the little dwarfs. however. But lovelier far is the new-made queen. tell me. and read what was written in golden letters. and he saw Snowdrop. who?' And the glass answered: 'Thou. so come with me to my father's palace.

that shall he have. and he ran to the king and accused the queen of having allowed her child to be taken from her by the wild beasts. you shall lose your life. and was more beautiful than any painter could have painted her. and stole it away. But God sent two angels from heaven in the shape of white doves. which flew to her twice a day. when everything was there that he had wished for. and carried her food until the seven years were over. So he went out and took the maiden aside. Here she was to stay for seven years without meat or drink.' Then she went to the king.' When he had gone away.' Scarcely were the words out of the boy's mouth. and if you do not do it. it shall cost you your own life. and when she saw the old man coming.and said: 'Be at rest. fell into such a passion that he ordered a high tower to be built. and the king was filled with gladness. and said: 'Why should I shed the blood of an innocent boy who has never harmed anyone?' The cook once more said: 'If you do not do it. who knew that the child had the power of wishing. and she immediately stood before him. and thus bring him into great peril. and dropped some of its blood on the queen's apron and on her dress. and walled up. wish for a pretty girl as a companion. she said to the boy: 'Lie down in your bed. in which neither sun nor moon could be seen and had his wife put into it. and the old cook went out hunting like a nobleman. and said to him: 'Wish for a beautiful palace for yourself with a garden. and told him the joyful tidings. where a nurse was obliged to suckle it. Then he carried the child away to a secret place. and he took a hen. however. The thought occurred to him. thought to himself: 'If the child has the power of wishing. Every morning she went with the child to the garden where the wild beasts were kept. After a while the cook said to him: 'It is not well for you to be so alone. It happened once when the child was a little older. When the king saw the blood on her apron. that the king's son might some day wish to be with his father.' So he left the palace and went to the boy.' Then the king's son wished for one. he might very easily get me into trouble. and when he returned next day she had not done it. so that whatsoever in the world he wishes for. that it was lying in her arms and she fell asleep. and draw the clothes over you. and when the time was come she gave birth to a son. and cut it in pieces. The two played together. and ordered her to be killed. and loved each other with all their hearts. The cook. she had a little hind brought to her. and laid them on a plate. he believed this. and die of hunger. and washed herself there in a clear stream. Then came the old cook.' Thereupon he went away. however. go to his bed and plunge this knife into his heart. and I am here. you shall have a son with the power of wishing. and bring me his heart and tongue. and said: 'Tonight when the boy is asleep. and took her heart and tongue.' Then the wicked wretch came in . who was already big enough to speak. and all else that pertains to it.

When they were all assembled together. and as it was so high. and would ask how .' He replied: 'Lord King. Whilst he was sitting there. and for once he was able to deck his table with game. and said: 'You shall sit by me. The king said yes. and shall eat burning coals. and these he ate. and asked if he could offer him service. Then he mounted up and looked inside. and will soon set you free. Said he: 'I am your dear son. and as they could not be parted from each other. he said to the huntsman: 'As you are so clever. he should come to him. I will provide for you. and commanded that his entire household should eat with him next day. if he was skilful and could get game for him. the old man was changed into a poodle dog.and said: 'Where are the boy's heart and tongue?' The girl reached the plate to him. whom the wild beasts were said to have torn from your arms. he wished that she might be changed into a beautiful pink. and began to wish. after having had none at all for years. and took her with him. open at one end where he stationed himself. Two hundred deer and more came running inside the circle at once. and wished that one of the king's principal servants would begin to speak of her. but that deer had never taken up their quarters in any part of the district or country. you shall sit by me. Lady Queen. Now the king felt great joy at this. but I am alive still. Then he went away to his own country. and the huntsmen shot them.' for she thought the angels were there. Then the huntsman promised to procure as much game for him as he could possibly use at the royal table.' But the king insisted on it. and said: 'You old sinner. and caused himself to be announced as a strange huntsman. but the king's son threw off the quilt. and had a gold collar round his neck. The king's son remained there a short while longer. and went to his father. and made a great feast. and am still satisfied. your majesty must excuse me. or are you dead?' She answered: 'I have just eaten. You shall become a black poodle and have a gold collar round your neck. and bade them go out into the forest with him. if you will go with me.' 'Ah. he wished for a ladder which would reach up to the very top. and what shall I do in a strange land where I am unknown?' As she did not seem quite willing. 'the way is so long. Then they were all placed on sixty country carts. until the flames broke forth from his throat. At length he said to the maiden: 'I will go home to my own country. and wondered if she were still alive. and the cooks were ordered to bring up some live coals. So he summoned all the huntsmen together. and the poodle had to run after him. He went to the tower in which his mother was confined. he thought of his dearest mother.' she replied.' Then he descended again. why did you want to kill me? Now will I pronounce thy sentence.' until he did it. And he went with them and made them form a great circle. and cried: 'Beloved mother. till the flames burst forth from your throat. and he thought of his mother.' And when he had spoken these words. I am a poor huntsman. are you still alive. and driven home to the king.

it was faring with the queen in the tower, and if she were alive still, or had perished. Hardly had he formed the wish than the marshal began, and said: 'Your majesty, we live joyously here, but how is the queen living in the tower? Is she still alive, or has she died?' But the king replied: 'She let my dear son be torn to pieces by wild beasts; I will not have her named.' Then the huntsman arose and said: 'Gracious lord father she is alive still, and I am her son, and I was not carried away by wild beasts, but by that wretch the old cook, who tore me from her arms when she was asleep, and sprinkled her apron with the blood of a chicken.' Thereupon he took the dog with the golden collar, and said: 'That is the wretch!' and caused live coals to be brought, and these the dog was compelled to devour before the sight of all, until flames burst forth from its throat. On this the huntsman asked the king if he would like to see the dog in his true shape, and wished him back into the form of the cook, in the which he stood immediately, with his white apron, and his knife by his side. When the king saw him he fell into a passion, and ordered him to be cast into the deepest dungeon. Then the huntsman spoke further and said: 'Father, will you see the maiden who brought me up so tenderly and who was afterwards to murder me, but did not do it, though her own life depended on it?' The king replied: 'Yes, I would like to see her.' The son said: 'Most gracious father, I will show her to you in the form of a beautiful flower,' and he thrust his hand into his pocket and brought forth the pink, and placed it on the royal table, and it was so beautiful that the king had never seen one to equal it. Then the son said: 'Now will I show her to you in her own form,' and wished that she might become a maiden, and she stood there looking so beautiful that no painter could have made her look more so. And the king sent two waiting-maids and two attendants into the tower, to fetch the queen and bring her to the royal table. But when she was led in she ate nothing, and said: 'The gracious and merciful God who has supported me in the tower, will soon set me free.' She lived three days more, and then died happily, and when she was buried, the two white doves which had brought her food to the tower, and were angels of heaven, followed her body and seated themselves on her grave. The aged king ordered the cook to be torn in four pieces, but grief consumed the king's own heart, and he soon died. His son married the beautiful maiden whom he had brought with him as a flower in his pocket, and whether they are still alive or not, is known to God.

CLEVER ELSIE There was once a man who had a daughter who was called Clever Elsie. And

when she had grown up her father said: 'We will get her married.' 'Yes,' said the mother, 'if only someone would come who would have her.' At length a man came from a distance and wooed her, who was called Hans; but he stipulated that Clever Elsie should be really smart. 'Oh,' said the father, 'she has plenty of good sense'; and the mother said: 'Oh, she can see the wind coming up the street, and hear the flies coughing.' 'Well,' said Hans, 'if she is not really smart, I won't have her.' When they were sitting at dinner and had eaten, the mother said: 'Elsie, go into the cellar and fetch some beer.' Then Clever Elsie took the pitcher from the wall, went into the cellar, and tapped the lid briskly as she went, so that the time might not appear long. When she was below she fetched herself a chair, and set it before the barrel so that she had no need to stoop, and did not hurt her back or do herself any unexpected injury. Then she placed the can before her, and turned the tap, and while the beer was running she would not let her eyes be idle, but looked up at the wall, and after much peering here and there, saw a pick-axe exactly above her, which the masons had accidentally left there. Then Clever Elsie began to weep and said: 'If I get Hans, and we have a child, and he grows big, and we send him into the cellar here to draw beer, then the pick-axe will fall on his head and kill him.' Then she sat and wept and screamed with all the strength of her body, over the misfortune which lay before her. Those upstairs waited for the drink, but Clever Elsie still did not come. Then the woman said to the servant: 'Just go down into the cellar and see where Elsie is.' The maid went and found her sitting in front of the barrel, screaming loudly. 'Elsie why do you weep?' asked the maid. 'Ah,' she answered, 'have I not reason to weep? If I get Hans, and we have a child, and he grows big, and has to draw beer here, the pick-axe will perhaps fall on his head, and kill him.' Then said the maid: 'What a clever Elsie we have!' and sat down beside her and began loudly to weep over the misfortune. After a while, as the maid did not come back, and those upstairs were thirsty for the beer, the man said to the boy: 'Just go down into the cellar and see where Elsie and the girl are.' The boy went down, and there sat Clever Elsie and the girl both weeping together. Then he asked: 'Why are you weeping?' 'Ah,' said Elsie, 'have I not reason to weep? If I get Hans, and we have a child, and he grows big, and has to draw beer here, the pick-axe will fall on his head and kill him.' Then said the boy: 'What a clever Elsie we have!' and sat down by her, and likewise began to howl loudly. Upstairs they waited for the boy, but as he still did not return, the man said to the woman: 'Just go down into the cellar and see where Elsie is!' The woman went down, and found all three in the midst of their lamentations, and inquired what was the cause; then Elsie told her also that her future child was to be killed by the pick-axe, when it grew big and had to draw beer, and the pick-axe fell down. Then said the

mother likewise: 'What a clever Elsie we have!' and sat down and wept with them. The man upstairs waited a short time, but as his wife did not come back and his thirst grew ever greater, he said: 'I must go into the cellar myself and see where Elsie is.' But when he got into the cellar, and they were all sitting together crying, and he heard the reason, and that Elsie's child was the cause, and the Elsie might perhaps bring one into the world some day, and that he might be killed by the pick-axe, if he should happen to be sitting beneath it, drawing beer just at the very time when it fell down, he cried: 'Oh, what a clever Elsie!' and sat down, and likewise wept with them. The bridegroom stayed upstairs alone for along time; then as no one would come back he thought: 'They must be waiting for me below: I too must go there and see what they are about.' When he got down, the five of them were sitting screaming and lamenting quite piteously, each out-doing the other. 'What misfortune has happened then?' asked he. 'Ah, dear Hans,' said Elsie, 'if we marry each other and have a child, and he is big, and we perhaps send him here to draw something to drink, then the pick-axe which has been left up there might dash his brains out if it were to fall down, so have we not reason to weep?' 'Come,' said Hans, 'more understanding than that is not needed for my household, as you are such a clever Elsie, I will have you,' and seized her hand, took her upstairs with him, and married her. After Hans had had her some time, he said: 'Wife, I am going out to work and earn some money for us; go into the field and cut the corn that we may have some bread.' 'Yes, dear Hans, I will do that.' After Hans had gone away, she cooked herself some good broth and took it into the field with her. When she came to the field she said to herself: 'What shall I do; shall I cut first, or shall I eat first? Oh, I will eat first.' Then she drank her cup of broth and when she was fully satisfied, she once more said: 'What shall I do? Shall I cut first, or shall I sleep first? I will sleep first.' Then she lay down among the corn and fell asleep. Hans had been at home for a long time, but Elsie did not come; then said he: 'What a clever Elsie I have; she is so industrious that she does not even come home to eat.' But when evening came and she still stayed away, Hans went out to see what she had cut, but nothing was cut, and she was lying among the corn asleep. Then Hans hastened home and brought a fowler's net with little bells and hung it round about her, and she still went on sleeping. Then he ran home, shut the house-door, and sat down in his chair and worked. At length, when it was quite dark, Clever Elsie awoke and when she got up there was a jingling all round about her, and the bells rang at each step which she took. Then she was alarmed, and became uncertain whether she really was Clever Elsie or not, and said: 'Is it I, or is it not I?' But she knew not what answer to make to this, and stood for a time in doubt; at length she thought: 'I will go home and ask if it be I, or if it be not I, they will be sure to know.' She ran to the door of her own house, but it was shut; then

she knocked at the window and cried: 'Hans, is Elsie within?' 'Yes,' answered Hans, 'she is within.' Hereupon she was terrified, and said: 'Ah, heavens! Then it is not I,' and went to another door; but when the people heard the jingling of the bells they would not open it, and she could get in nowhere. Then she ran out of the village, and no one has seen her since.

THE MISER IN THE BUSH A farmer had a faithful and diligent servant, who had worked hard for him three years, without having been paid any wages. At last it came into the man's head that he would not go on thus without pay any longer; so he went to his master, and said, 'I have worked hard for you a long time, I will trust to you to give me what I deserve to have for my trouble.' The farmer was a sad miser, and knew that his man was very simple-hearted; so he took out threepence, and gave him for every year's service a penny. The poor fellow thought it was a great deal of money to have, and said to himself, 'Why should I work hard, and live here on bad fare any longer? I can now travel into the wide world, and make myself merry.' With that he put his money into his purse, and set out, roaming over hill and valley. As he jogged along over the fields, singing and dancing, a little dwarf met him, and asked him what made him so merry. 'Why, what should make me down-hearted?' said he; 'I am sound in health and rich in purse, what should I care for? I have saved up my three years' earnings and have it all safe in my pocket.' 'How much may it come to?' said the little man. 'Full threepence,' replied the countryman. 'I wish you would give them to me,' said the other; 'I am very poor.' Then the man pitied him, and gave him all he had; and the little dwarf said in return, 'As you have such a kind honest heart, I will grant you three wishes--one for every penny; so choose whatever you like.' Then the countryman rejoiced at his good luck, and said, 'I like many things better than money: first, I will have a bow that will bring down everything I shoot at; secondly, a fiddle that will set everyone dancing that hears me play upon it; and thirdly, I should like that everyone should grant what I ask.' The dwarf said he should have his three wishes; so he gave him the bow and fiddle, and went his way. Our honest friend journeyed on his way too; and if he was merry before, he was now ten times more so. He had not gone far before he met an old miser: close by them stood a tree, and on the topmost twig sat a thrush singing away most joyfully. 'Oh, what a pretty bird!' said the miser; 'I

and offered money for his liberty. 'It is only this once. The miser crept into the bush to find it. and that the fellow who did it carried a bow at his back and a fiddle hung round his neck. and cut the matter short by ordering him off to the gallows. So away he was taken. clerks. Then the judge sent out his officers to bring up the accused wherever they should find him.' The fact was. and beaten him into the bargain. and said he had been robbed of his money. 'I do not ask my life. 'Oh. 'I will soon bring it down. he will soon have done. and he was soon caught and brought up to be tried.' 'If that's all. for heaven's sake!' cried the miser.' said the countryman. bind me fast. and began to ponder how he should take his revenge. and struck up a tune. but as he stood on the steps he said. When the countryman saw so much money.' said the other. he said. The miser began to tell his tale. The thorns soon began to tear his clothes till they all hung in rags about him.' said the countryman. his companion took up his fiddle and played away. 'Bind me fast. but the judge told him that was not likely. grant me one last request. Then the miser said.' Then he took up his bow. and . for pity's sake. only to let me play upon my fiddle for the last time.' So he took the purse. 'Oh. but he did not come up to the musician's price for some time.would give a great deal of money to have such a one.' The miser cried out.' 'Anything but thy life. 'No. till at last he offered a round hundred of florins that he had in his purse. you gave it me for playing a tune to you. and jailer were in motion. so that the blood ran down. What have I done to deserve this?' 'Thou hast shaved many a poor soul close enough. At last he went to the judge.' replied the other. all began capering. 'Master! master! pray let the fiddle alone. Then the miser began to beg and promise. he could not refuse the request. 'thou art only meeting thy reward': so he played up another tune. on account of the dwarf's third gift. but directly he had got into the middle. and the miser began to dance and spring about.' said he. and had just gained by cheating some poor fellow. and he himself was all scratched and wounded. and the miser bid higher and higher. and at the first note judge. and serve his late companion some trick. and complained that a rascal had robbed him of his money. and he danced him along brisker and brisker. no! no! for heaven's sake don't listen to him! don't listen to him!' But the judge said. put up his fiddle. Meanwhile the miser crept out of the bush half-naked and in a piteous plight.' But the countryman seized his fiddle. 'My Lord Judge. 'No. and travelled on very pleased with his bargain. and down fell the thrush into the bushes at the foot of the tree. capering higher and higher in the air. 'I will agree to your proposal.

and was buried in the garden. and all the people who had followed to look on. 'What does the good-for-nothing want in the parlour?' said they. ASHPUTTEL The wife of a rich man fell sick. and the little girl went every day to her grave and wept. and that you earned it fairly. 'Tell us now. and said. court. and when she felt that her end drew nigh. the sisters plagued her in all sorts of ways. and I will look down from heaven and watch over you. and the sun had melted it away again. 'Fine clothes. till the judge not only gave him his life. of course. 'Always be a good girl. 'they who would eat bread should first earn it. At first the thing was merry and pleasant enough. away with the kitchen-maid!' Then they took away her fine clothes. And the snow fell and spread a beautiful white covering over the grave.' 'I stole it. or I shall play on for your amusement only. and by the time he had played the first bar of the tune. and laughed at her. to bring the water. Then he called to the miser. she had no bed to lie down on. It happened once that the father was going to the fair. to make the fire. This new wife had two daughters of her own. made her always dusty and dirty.' said the . her father had married another wife. and beg him to leave off.' said the miser in the presence of all the people. but when it had gone on a while. where you got that gold. to cook and to wash. In the evening when she was tired. but was made to lie by the hearth among the ashes. and miser. all were dancing together--judge. and danced also. Besides that.' Then the countryman stopped his fiddle. she called her only daughter to her bed-side. and turned her into the kitchen. At the second note the hangman let his prisoner go. and gave her an old grey frock to put on. they were fair in face but foul at heart. and as this. that she brought home with her. and was always good and kind to all about her. and it was now a sorry time for the poor little girl. they began to cry out.' Soon afterwards she shut her eyes and died. but by the time the spring came. and laughed at her. but he stopped not a whit the more for their entreaties. and asked his wife's daughters what he should bring them.no one could hold the miser. but promised to return him the hundred florins. they called her Ashputtel. 'I acknowledge that I stole it. and left the miser to take his place at the gallows. to rise early before daylight. There she was forced to do hard work. and there seemed to be no end of playing or dancing. and said. you vagabond.

Turtle-doves and linnets. haste ye!--pick. and put it into a dish but left the ashes. Three times every day she went to it and cried.' Then she did as she was told. Then she took it.' said she. you shall go to the feast too. and chaffinch gay. and if in two hours' time you have picked them all out. and then the others began to pick. pick: and among them all they soon picked out all the good grain. that brushes against your hat when you turn your face to come homewards. Now it happened that the king of that land held a feast. which was to last three days. pick!' Then first came two white doves. and watched over her. chirping and fluttering in: and they flew down into the ashes. 'I will throw this dishful of peas into the ash-heap. for we are going to dance at the king's feast. next came two turtle-doves. pick. Long before the end of the hour the work was quite . and cried out: 'Hither. and there it grew and became a fine tree. haste away! One and all come help me. child. 'what will you have?' 'The first twig. hither. and after them came all the little birds under heaven.' cried the second. she said at last. Hither. as he rode through a green copse. 'Now. and almost pushed off his hat: so he broke it off and brought it away. Then he bought for the first two the fine clothes and pearls and diamonds they had asked for: and on his way home. and at last she begged her mother very hard to let her go. And the little doves stooped their heads down and set to work. comb our hair. brush our shoes. and brought her whatever she wished for. pick. pick. dear father. and out of those who came to it his son was to choose a bride for himself. hither. a hazel twig brushed against him. but the little maiden ran out at the back door into the garden. 'you who have nothing to wear. and when he got home he gave it to his daughter. and soon a little bird came and built its nest upon the tree. thrush. and who cannot even dance--you want to go to the ball? And when she kept on begging. so they called her up. quick! Haste ye. and cried so much that it was watered with her tears. she should so have liked to have gone with them to the ball. 'You. Ashputtel!' said she.' Then she threw the peas down among the ashes. pick. Ashputtel's two sisters were asked to come. fly! Blackbird. flying in at the kitchen window. no clothes at all. and talked with her. and tie our sashes for us.first. and went to her mother's grave and planted it there. 'Pearls and diamonds.' said he to his own daughter. to get rid of her. and said. pick. for she thought to herself. but when all was done she could not help crying. through the sky. 'Now.

chirping and hopping about. hither. pick. no! you slut. and chaffinch gay. and the little doves put their heads down and set to work. 'It is all of no use. pick. she looked so fine and beautiful in her rich clothes. you have no clothes. pick. and left all the ashes. Ashputtel went sorrowfully and sat down under the hazel-tree. Gold and silver over me!' Then her friend the bird flew out of the tree. and you would only put us to shame': and off she went with her two daughters to the ball. you shall go too. pick. through the sky. 'No. and followed her sisters to the feast. she said. thrush. and brought a gold and silver dress for her. and after them came all the little birds under heaven. next came two turtle-doves. and cannot dance. 'If you can in one hour's time pick two of those dishes of peas out of the ashes. shake. and then the others began pick. and she put them on. and cried out: 'Shake. rejoicing to think that she should now go to the ball. fly! Blackbird. and nobody left at home. And they flew down into the ashes. Turtle-doves and linnets. and thought it must be some strange princess. and they never once thought of Ashputtel. haste away! One and all come help me.' And thus she thought she should at least get rid of her. Now when all were gone. you shall not go. and slippers of spangled silk. And then Ashputtel took the dishes to her mother. and cried out as before: 'Hither. But her mother said. Hither. pick. But they did not know her. and they put all the good grain into the dishes. But the little maiden went out into the garden at the back of the house.' And when Ashputtel begged very hard to go. pick. and all flew out again at the windows. So she shook two dishes of peas into the ashes. The king's son soon came up to her. haste ye!--pick. overjoyed at the thought that now she should go to the ball. hither. Before half an hour's time all was done.done. taking it for granted that she was safe at home in the dirt. pick!' Then first came two white doves in at the kitchen window. and out they flew again. and took her by the hand and danced . you have no clothes. and cannot dance. hazel-tree. you cannot go. But the mother said. quick! Haste ye. Then Ashputtel brought the dish to her mother.

as she always did. and when anyone asked her to dance. and they cut down the tree. But when they had broken open the door they found no one within. everyone wondered at her beauty: but the king's son. that he might see into what house she went: but she sprang away from him all at once into the garden behind her father's house. and no one else: and he never left her hand. that the bird might carry them away. in her dirty frock by the ashes. Then the king's son lost sight of her. 'This lady is dancing with me.with her. and then she wanted to go home: and the king's son said. and had there taken off her beautiful clothes. 'Can it be Ashputtel?' So he had an axe brought. and said: 'Shake.' The father thought to himself. and her dim little lamp was burning in the chimney. For she had run as quickly as she could through the pigeon-house and on to the hazel-tree. he said. and could not find out where she was gone. there lay Ashputtel among the ashes. hazel-tree. Ashputtel was lying. and then put on her little grey frock. he said as before. and as they came back into the house. Gold and silver over me!' And the bird came and brought a still finer dress than the one she had worn the day before. In this garden stood a fine large pear-tree full of ripe fruit. and had lain down again amid the ashes in her little grey frock. and put them beneath the tree. but waited till her father came home. had hid herself in the pigeon-house. and carried her beautiful clothes back to the bird at the hazel-tree. and her father. and as the prince followed her. . And when she came in it to the ball. she jumped up into the pigeon-house and shut the door. who was waiting for her.' When night came she wanted to go home. And when they came back into the kitchen. not knowing where to hide herself. 'This lady is dancing with me. shake. 'The unknown lady who danced with me has slipped away. took her by the hand. But she slipped away from him. and told him that the unknown maiden. and danced with her. and ran off towards home. and sisters were gone. but found no one upon it. and the king's son followed here as before. Ashputtel went to the hazel-tree. 'I shall go and take care of you to your home'. Then he waited till her father came home. mother. but when anyone else came to ask her to dance. unawares. for she had slipped down on the other side of the tree.' Thus they danced till a late hour of the night. and I think she must have sprung into the pear-tree. and Ashputtel. for he wanted to see where the beautiful maiden lived. who had been at the feast. and said to him. The next day when the feast was again held. jumped up into it without being seen.

'This lady is _my_ partner. 'I will take for my wife the lady that this golden slipper fits.The third day. and said: 'Shake. hazel-tree. but. and set her beside him on his horse. and the king's son would go with her. however. and not made for you! Prince! prince! look again for thy bride. when her father and mother and sisters were gone. he said. she again slipped away from him. and rode away with her homewards. and went the next day to the king his father. 'Never mind. and took her to the king's son: and he set her . and said. and wanted to try it on. 'This is not the right bride. though in such a hurry that she dropped her left golden slipper upon the stairs.' When night came she wanted to go home. by the blood that streamed from it. Gold and silver over me!' Then her kind friend the bird brought a dress still finer than the former one. sir. Then he took her for his bride. 'I will not lose her this time'. you will not want to walk.' So the silly girl cut off her great toe. and said. for wonder at her beauty: and the king's son danced with nobody but her. all but the heel. and when anyone else asked her to dance. and on the branch sat a little dove singing: 'Back again! back again! look to the shoe! The shoe is too small. and brought the false bride back to her home. So he turned his horse round. But her mother squeezed it in till the blood came. and said to himself. and slippers which were all of gold: so that when she came to the feast no one knew what to say. and the shoe was altogether much too small for her. and said. and went to the king's son. and the mother stood by. and had no doubt that they could wear the golden slipper. let the other sister try and put on the slipper. for they had beautiful feet. The eldest went first into the room where the slipper was. which was too large. shake. when you are queen you will not care about toes. But on their way home they had to pass by the hazel-tree that Ashputtel had planted. and he saw. what a trick she had played him.' Then both the sisters were overjoyed to hear it. she went again into the garden. Then the mother gave her a knife. and thus squeezed on the shoe. The prince took the shoe.' Then she went into the room and got her foot into the shoe.' Then the prince got down and looked at her foot. But her great toe could not go into it. cut it off. For she's not the true one that sits by thy side.

' The prince told him to send her. It was covered. and rode away with her. And when he drew near and looked at her face he knew her. I am sure she cannot be the bride. and she first washed her face and hands. and no one else was present. Then she took her clumsy shoe off her left foot. So he turned his horse and brought her also back again. and he reached her the golden slipper. and even the servant did not know what . no. For she is the true one that sits by thy side!' And when the dove had done its song. the prince would have her come. and not made for you! Prince! prince! look again for thy bride. the white dove sang: 'Home! home! look at the shoe! Princess! the shoe was made for you! Prince! prince! take home thy bride. and sang: 'Back again! back again! look to the shoe! The shoe is too small.' However.as his bride by his side on his horse. she will not dare to show herself. however.' Then he looked down. Nothing was hidden from him. and saw that the blood streamed so much from the shoe. and it fitted her as if it had been made for her. And when they came to the hazel-tree. and so went home with her.' But the mother and both the sisters were frightened. For she's not the true one that sits by thy side. 'there is only a little dirty Ashputtel here. 'This is not the true bride. every day after dinner. a trusty servant had to bring him one more dish. it came flying. and then went in and curtsied to him. the child of my first wife. But he had a strange custom. and it seemed as if news of the most secret things was brought to him through the air. and turned pale with anger as he took Ashputtel on his horse.' said he. But when they came to the hazel-tree the little dove sat there still. 'have you no other daughters?' 'No. and said. she is much too dirty. when the table was cleared. that her white stockings were quite red. and perched upon her right shoulder. But the mother said. THE WHITE SNAKE A long time ago there lived a king who was famed for his wisdom through all the land. 'This is the right bride. 'No.' said he to the father. and put on the golden slipper. and rode away with her.

In vain he declared his innocence. But when he saw it he could not deny himself the pleasure of tasting it. Now. The servant could now easily prove his innocence. and then noticed that it was the sparrows who were chattering together. as I was eating in haste I swallowed a ring which lay under the queen's window. When his request was granted he set out on his way. as he had a mind to see the world and go about a little.' said the cook. the queen's ring was found inside her. and said to the cook: 'Here is a fine duck. and saw a white snake lying on the dish. and weighed her in his hand. and telling one another of all kinds of things which they had seen in the fields and woods. This had gone on for a long time.' The servant at once seized her by the neck. No sooner had it touched his tongue than he heard a strange whispering of little voices outside his window. and the king.' 'Yes. and threatened with angry words that unless he could before the morrow point out the thief. they were having a confidential conversation together. and one day came to a pond. In his trouble and fear he went down into the courtyard and took thought how to help himself out of his trouble. who was allowed to go everywhere. Eating the snake had given him power of understanding the language of animals. so he cut of a little bit and put it into his mouth. and has been waiting to be roasted long enough. to make amends for the wrong. The servant stood by and listened. and one said in a pitiful tone: 'Something lies heavy on my stomach. he was dismissed with no better answer. was overcome with such curiosity that he could not help carrying the dish into his room. and as she was being dressed for the spit. and. kill her. who took away the dish. carried her to the kitchen. and what good food they had found. allowed him to ask a favour. whilst they were making their feathers smooth with their bills.' So he cut off her head.was in it. The servant refused everything. pray. for the king never took off the cover to eat of it until he was quite alone. Now it so happened that on this very day the queen lost her most beautiful ring. They were telling one another of all the places where they had been waddling about all the morning. he himself should be looked upon as guilty and executed. neither did anyone know. The king ordered the man to be brought before him. and only asked for a horse and some money for travelling. Now some ducks were sitting together quietly by a brook and taking their rest. When he had carefully locked the door. he lifted up the cover. when one day the servant. and suspicion of having stolen it fell upon this trusty servant. and promised him the best place in the court that he could wish for. where he saw three fishes caught in the reeds and gasping for water. though . 'she has spared no trouble to fatten herself. He went and listened.

and if he does not succeed he will forfeit his life. and cried to him: 'We will remember you and repay you for saving us!' He rode on.it is said that fishes are dumb. and a gold ring was thrown into it. with their clumsy beasts. .' But the poor young ravens lay upon the ground. and there he saw two old ravens standing by their nest. and after a while it seemed to him that he heard a voice in the sand at his feet. but whoever seeks her hand must perform a hard task. satisfied their hunger. leaving him alone by the sea. before his eyes. He listened. then they went away. and gave it to them for food. and throwing out their young ones. and crying: 'Oh. which it laid on the shore at the youth's feet. They leapt with delight. The one in the middle held a mussel in its mouth. went before the king. He stood on the shore and considered what he should do. and when he had taken it up and opened it. but in vain. he came to a large city. and they were the very fishes whose lives he had saved. but lie here and starve?' So the good young fellow alighted and killed his horse with his sword. put out their heads. he heard them lamenting that they must perish so miserably. and cried: 'We will remember you--one good turn deserves another!' And now he had to use his own legs. Then they came hopping up to it. crying aloud: 'The king's daughter wants a husband.' Many had already made the attempt. what helpless chicks we are! We must shift for ourselves. flapping their wings. nevertheless when the youth saw the king's daughter he was so overcome by her great beauty that he forgot all danger. you are big enough. and. and when he had walked a long way. then the king ordered him to fetch this ring up from the bottom of the sea. and heard an ant-king complain: 'Why cannot folks. and added: 'If you come up again without it you will be thrown in again and again until you perish amid the waves. as he had a kind heart.' All the people grieved for the handsome youth. keep off our bodies? That stupid horse. good-for-nothing creatures!' cried they. and declared himself a suitor. has been treading down my people without mercy!' So he turned on to a side path and the ant-king cried out to him: 'We will remember you--one good turn deserves another!' The path led him into a wood. when suddenly he saw three fishes come swimming towards him. you idle. 'Out with you. and a man rode up on horseback. there lay the gold ring in the shell. with his heavy hoofs. There was a great noise and crowd in the streets. he got off his horse and put the three prisoners back into the water. and yet we cannot fly! What can we do. 'we cannot find food for you any longer. and can provide for yourselves. So he was led out to the sea.

where the Tree of Life stands. and required him first to perform another task. quite full. At the same time three ravens flew down to him. though he had no hope of finding it. But she could not yet conquer her proud heart. and have brought you the apple. They cut the Apple of Life in two and ate it together. and they lived in undisturbed happiness to a great age. But he heard a rustling in the branches.Full of joy he took it to the king and expected that he would grant him the promised reward. when he should be led to death. and heard that you were seeking the Golden Apple. but he could think of nothing. The ant-king had come in the night with thousands and thousands of ants. and a golden apple fell into his hand. we flew over the sea to the end of the world. After he had wandered through three kingdoms. and the grateful creatures had by great industry picked up all the millet-seed and gathered them into the sacks. and would have gone on for ever. he came one evening to a wood.' The youth sat down in the garden and considered how it might be possible to perform this task. and not a single grain was missing. THE WOLF AND THE SEVEN LITTLE KIDS There was once upon a time an old goat who had seven little kids. she scorned him. then she said: 'Tomorrow morning before sunrise these must be picked up. but he set out. and said: 'Although he has performed both the tasks. perched themselves upon his knee. But as soon as the first rays of the sun shone into the garden he saw all the ten sacks standing side by side. Presently the king's daughter herself came down into the garden. he shall not be my husband until he had brought me an apple from the Tree of Life. One day she .' The youth did not know where the Tree of Life stood. when we had grown big.' The youth. as long as his legs would carry him. full of joy. and loved them with all the love of a mother for her children. and said: 'We are the three young ravens whom you saved from starving. She went down into the garden and strewed with her own hands ten sacksful of millet-seed on the grass. and then her heart became full of love for him. set out homewards. and there he sat sorrowfully awaiting the break of day. and took the Golden Apple to the king's beautiful daughter. and not a single grain be wanting. and lay down under a tree to sleep. and was amazed to see that the young man had done the task she had given him. who had now no more excuses left to make. But when the proud princess perceived that he was not her equal in birth.

if he comes in. and has brought something back with her for each of you. One sprang under the table. and used no great ceremony. Soon afterwards the old goat came home again from the forest.' But the wolf had laid his black paws against the window. your mother is here. Then he came back. and the children saw them and cried: 'We will not open the door. who was in the clock-case.' The little kids cried: 'First show us your paws that we may know if you are our dear little mother. the fifth into the cupboard.' But the little kids knew that it was the wolf. 'you are not our mother. ate this and made his voice soft with it. the fourth into the kitchen. I have to go into the forest. he will devour you all--skin. It was not long before someone knocked at the house-door and called: 'Open the door. 'We will not open the door.wanted to go into the forest and fetch some food. laid himself down under a tree in the green meadow outside. the second into the bed. children. your dear little mother has come home. So she called all seven to her and said: 'Dear children. the sixth under the washing-bowl. was the only one he did not find.' Then the miller was afraid. and everything. dear children.' Then he put his paws in through the window and when the kids saw that they were white. The wretch often disguises himself. but the wolf said: 'If you will not do it. But the wolf found them all. and went on her way with an easy mind. by the rough voice. She has a soft. be on your guard against the wolf. and the seventh into the clock-case.' The miller thought to himself: 'The wolf wants to deceive someone. knocked at it and said: 'Open the door for me. and began to sleep. I will devour you. and made his paws white for him. hair.' The kids said: 'Dear mother. we will take good care of ourselves. they believed that all he said was true. and opened the door. but your voice is rough. The youngest.' cried they.' and refused.' And when the baker had rubbed his feet over. dear children. pleasant voice. knocked at the door of the house.' Then the old one bleated. you may go away without any anxiety. your mother is here and has brought something back with her for each of you. rub some dough over them for me. But who should come in but the wolf! They were terrified and wanted to hide themselves. So now the wretch went for the third time to the house-door. he ran to the miller and said: 'Strew some white meal over my feet for me. this is the way of mankind. you are the wolf!' Then the wolf went away to a shopkeeper and bought himself a great lump of chalk. our mother has not black feet like you: you are the wolf!' Then the wolf ran to a baker and said: 'I have hurt my feet. and called: 'Open the door. When the wolf had satisfied his appetite he took himself off. the third into the stove. one after the other he swallowed them down his throat. and has brought every one of you something back from the forest with her. but you will know him at once by his rough voice and his black feet. Ah! what a sight she saw . Truly.

and put as many of them into this stomach as they could get in.' she said. the stones in his stomach knocked against each other and rattled. and the mother sewed him up again in the greatest haste. but they were nowhere to be found. chairs. When they came to the meadow. said: 'Now go and look for some big stones. and were all still alive. and a needle and thread. and when she had cut farther. Then cried he: 'What rumbles and tumbles Against my poor bones? I thought 'twas six kids. What rejoicing there was! They embraced their dear mother. than one little kid thrust its head out. and it told her that the wolf had come and had eaten all the others.' She took the kid out. and jumped like a tailor at his wedding. when she came to the youngest. the heavy stones made him fall in. and the quilts and pillows were pulled off the bed. and we will fill the wicked beast's stomach with them while he is still asleep. a soft voice cried: 'Dear mother. 'Ah. all six sprang out one after another. so that he was not aware of anything and never once stirred. they came running to the spot and cried aloud: 'The wolf is dead! The wolf is dead!' and danced for joy round about the well with their mother. She looked at him on every side and saw that something was moving and struggling in his gorged belly. and the youngest kid ran with her. and as the stones in his stomach made him very thirsty. The mother. and benches were thrown down. When the seven kids saw that. I am in the clock-case. for in his greediness the monster had swallowed them down whole. But it feels like big stones.' Then the seven kids dragged the stones thither with all speed. can be still alive?' Then the kid had to run home and fetch scissors. and had suffered no injury whatever. but no one answered. But when he began to walk and to move about. She called them one after another by name. . 'is it possible that my poor children whom he has swallowed down for his supper. She sought her children. he got on his legs. When the wolf at length had had his fill of sleep. Then you may imagine how she wept over her poor children. and hardly had she made one cut. there lay the wolf by the tree and snored so loud that the branches shook. however. the washing-bowl lay broken to pieces. he wanted to go to a well to drink.there! The house-door stood wide open. At last. The table. heavens. At length in her grief she went out. and the goat cut open the monster's stomach. and he drowned miserably.' And when he got to the well and stooped over the water to drink.

and roast them. 'Let the pretty insects enjoy themselves. they must all be found: and if one be missing by set of sun. under the moss. I cannot let you burn them. However. I will not suffer you to trouble them. he showed each of them to a bed-chamber. The two brothers wanted to catch two. should try to travel through the world. and they called to him once or twice. so as to get their honey. But the dwarf said. they all set out on their journey together. in order to see how the poor ants in their fright would run about and carry off their eggs. he who seeks them will be turned into marble. 'Let the poor things enjoy themselves. but all were of marble. when they. you shall not kill them. But the little dwarf said. The first tablet said: 'In the wood. had been unable to get on. and the two brothers wanted to light a fire under the tree and kill the bees. There they saw a little grey old man sitting at a table.' So on they went. who was so young and simple.' . went out to seek for his brothers: but when he had found them they only laughed at him. who was a little insignificant dwarf. The two elder brothers would have pulled it down.' At length the three brothers came to a castle: and as they passed by the stables they saw fine horses standing there. so that they could not return home again. who were so much wiser. to think that he. The next morning he came to the eldest and took him to a marble table. where there were three tablets. but they soon fell into a wasteful foolish way of living.THE QUEEN BEE Two kings' sons once upon a time went into the world to seek their fortunes. Then they went through all the rooms. and came at last to an ant-hill. and said. so that they could look into the next room. but he did not hear: however. and no man was to be seen. 'Let the poor things enjoy themselves. and came to a lake where many many ducks were swimming about. till they came to a door on which were three locks: but in the middle of the door was a wicket. But the dwarf held them back. and then he rose and came out to them. containing an account of the means by which the castle might be disenchanted.' Next they came to a bees'-nest in a hollow tree. He said nothing. but took hold of them and led them to a beautiful table covered with all sorts of good things: and when they had eaten and drunk. Then their brother. lie the thousand pearls belonging to the king's daughter. they called a third time. and there was so much honey that it ran down the trunk.

so he was to guess which it was that had eaten the honey. he saw the two ducks whose lives he had saved swimming about. and it was not long before they had found all the pearls and laid them in a heap. and at last all he had in the world was gone. and took their proper forms. It was to choose out the youngest and the best of the king's three daughters. but his two brothers married the other two sisters. and was king after her father's death. Then he cut his leather out. The second tablet said: 'The key of the princess's bed-chamber must be fished up out of the lake. and the job was so tiresome!--so he sat down upon a stone and cried. but he succeeded no better than the first. but it was so hard to find the pearls. At last came the little dwarf's turn. and they dived down and soon brought in the key from the bottom. Thus the spell was broken.' And as the dwarf came to the brink of it. And as he sat there. all ready to make up the next day. The third task was the hardest. and all exactly alike: but he was told that the eldest had eaten a piece of sugar. for he could only find the second hundred of the pearls. THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER There was once a shoemaker. And the dwarf married the youngest and the best of the princesses. save just leather enough to make one pair of shoes. and she tried the lips of all three. and therefore he too was turned into stone. with five thousand ants. who had been saved by the little dwarf from the fire. The next day the second brother undertook the task. the king of the ants (whose life he had saved) came to help him. and all who had been turned into stones awoke. but at last she sat upon the lips of the one that had eaten the honey: and so the dwarf knew which was the youngest. Then came the queen of the bees. and the youngest a spoonful of honey. the next some sweet syrup. meaning . and he looked in the moss. and sought for the pearls the whole day: but the evening came.The eldest brother set out. and he had not found the first hundred: so he was turned into stone as the tablet had foretold. who worked very hard and was very honest: but still he could not earn enough to live upon. Now they were all beautiful.

I am quite sorry to see them run about as they do. and began to ply with their little fingers. And on they went. and they sat themselves upon the shoemaker's bench. He cut out the work again overnight and found it done in the morning. about Christmas-time. there came in two little naked dwarfs. 'These little wights have made us rich. and soon fell asleep. but he was saved all the trouble. as before. The good man knew not what to say or think at such an odd thing happening. The same day a customer came in. Soon in came buyers. In the evening he cut out the work. he sat himself down to his work. As soon as it was midnight. and a coat and waistcoat. and the shoes stood ready for use upon the table. and one evening. and the shoes suited him so well that he willingly paid a price higher than usual for them. 'I should like to sit up and watch tonight. with the money. so that he bought leather enough for four pair more. left all his cares to Heaven. The next day the wife said to the shoemaker. and watched what would happen.' The wife liked the thought. there stood the shoes all ready made. This was long before daybreak. so they left a light burning. that we may see who it is that comes and does my work for me. and we ought to be thankful to them. all was so neat and true. took up all the work that was cut out. and do you make each of them a little pair of shoes. upon the table. and indeed it is not very decent. for they have nothing upon their backs to keep off the cold. and do them a good turn if we can. bought leather enough to make two pairs more. who paid him handsomely for his goods. and hid themselves in a corner of the room. for when he got up in the morning the work was done ready to his hand. he said to her. to his great wonder. He looked at the workmanship. that he might get up and begin betimes next day. and the good man soon became thriving and well off again. I will make each of them a shirt. so he went peaceably to bed. One evening. I'll tell you what. when . till the job was quite done. and a pair of pantaloons into the bargain. as he and his wife were sitting over the fire chatting together. and could not take his eyes off them. and went to bed early. and the poor shoemaker. when.' The thought pleased the good cobbler very much. and then they bustled away as quick as lightning.to rise early in the morning to his work. that the shoemaker was all wonder. behind a curtain that was hung up there. and so it went on for some time: what was got ready in the evening was always done by daybreak. that it was quite a masterpiece. stitching and rapping and tapping away at such a rate. His conscience was clear and his heart light amidst all his troubles. In the morning after he had said his prayers. there was not one false stitch in the whole job.

as red as blood and as white as snow. dancing and skipping. in which grew a juniper-tree. to watch what the little elves would do. THE JUNIPER-TREE Long. and the blood fell on the snow. they laughed and chuckled. and before another month had passed she had a little child. and she was glad and at peace. In front of the house there was a court. and all the earth was green. and danced and capered and sprang about. as merry as could be.' Then she felt comforted and happy again. till at last they danced out at the door.all the things were ready. and the snow had all disappeared. but when they were fully ripe she picked the berries and ate eagerly of them. The good couple saw them no more. her heart grew light within her. there lived a rich man with a good and beautiful wife. So the months followed one another. long ago. instead of the work that they used to cut out. Presently the fruit became round and firm. but sorrowed much that they had no children. bury me under the juniper-tree. and away over the green. weeping. and then she grew sad and ill. they laid them on the table. About midnight in they came. as long as they lived. and then went to sit down to their work as usual. but everything went well with them from that time forward. and she was so overcome with her happiness. 'If I die. that the wife prayed for it day and night. So greatly did they desire to have one. but when they saw the clothes lying for them. and she returned to the house feeling glad and comforted.' sighed the woman heavily. and said to him. and then went and hid themselves. she cut her finger. hopped round the room. A little while later she called her husband. One winter's day the wife stood under the tree to peel some apples.' and as she spoke the words. some two thousand years or so. then another month went by. and . A month passed. and first the trees budded in the woods. 'if I had but a child. but still they remained childless. and it seemed to her that her wish was granted. Then they dressed themselves in the twinkling of an eye. Once again the wife stood under the juniper-tree. and soon the green branches grew thickly intertwined. and it was so full of sweet scent that her heart leaped for joy. that she fell on her knees. and then the blossoms began to fall. and seemed mightily delighted. and as she was peeling them. They loved each other dearly. 'Ah.

'take one out for yourself. my child. and crash! down went the lid. and although at times he still grieved over his loss. and off went the little boy's head. but she answered. The little boy now came in. it pierced her heart to think that he would always stand in the way of her own child. 'You shall not have one before your brother. 'Yes.' said the wife. This evil thought took possession of her more and more. give me an apple. however.' said the little daughter again. he was able to go about as usual. He now had a little daughter born to him. when he comes out of school. and when she looked at her and then looked at the boy. the chest had a very heavy lid and a large iron lock. and she was continually thinking how she could get the whole of the property for her. 'If only I can prevent anyone knowing that I did it.' she said. and later on he married again. So she went upstairs to her room. and the evil spirit in the wife made her say kindly to him. 'Mother. and made her behave very unkindly to the boy.' 'Yes. the child of his first wife was a boy. and it seemed as if an evil spirit entered into her. 'Mother. her joy was so great that she died. and she gave her a beautiful apple out of the chest.' The thought came to her that she would kill him. She drove him from place to place with cuffings and buffetings. and had no peace from the time he left school to the time he went back. and took a white handkerchief out of her top drawer. and said. and she lifted up the lid of the chest. The mother loved her daughter very much.' said the boy. Her husband buried her under the juniper-tree. By degrees. 'may not brother have one too?' The mother was angry at this. 'how dreadful you look! Yes. and placed him on a chair by the door with an apple in his hand. 'Mother. for she snatched the apple out of her little daughter's hand. then she set the boy's head again on his shoulders. One day the little daughter came running to her mother in the store-room. who was as red as blood and as white as snow. . will you have an apple?' but she gave him a wicked look.' And as he bent over to do so. his sorrow grew less. the evil spirit urged her. give me an apple. and bound it with the handkerchief so that nothing could be seen. and wept bitterly for her. 'Come with me. and said.' Just then she looked out of the window and saw him coming.' She threw the apple into the chest and shut it to. so that the poor child went about in fear.' she thought. 'My son.when she saw that it was as white as snow and as red as blood. Then she was overwhelmed with fear at the thought of what she had done.

and put him in the pot. 'Brother.' And she took the little boy and cut him up. and when I asked him to give me the apple. then she gave him a box on the ear. so you must keep silence.' 'What has he gone there for. 'What have you done!' said her mother. . 'Oh!' she said.' 'Go to him again. 'but no one must know about it. and that frightened me. and said. he did not answer. that she ran crying and screaming to her mother. 'he is gone into the country to his mother's great uncle. and he told me he should be away quite six weeks.' said her mother. he asked. But Marleen stood looking on. and in it she wrapped all the bones from under the table and carried them outside. and he ought to have said goodbye to me. give me that apple.Soon after this. then all her sadness seemed to leave her. and he looks so pale. and said. and Marleen still wept without ceasing. and his head rolled off. he threw the bones under the table. The father again asked. he is going to stay there some time. 'Where is my son?' 'Oh. 'I have knocked off brother's head. She was so terrified at this. he likes being there. Then she laid them in the green grass under the juniper-tree. give him a box on the ear. and he never even said goodbye to me!' 'Well. 'and if he does not answer. and she had no sooner done so. he is well looked after there. why do you weep? Brother will soon be back. and said.' answered the wife. we will make him into puddings. what is done can't be undone.' but he did not say a word. little Marleen came up to her mother who was stirring a pot of boiling water over the fire. and as he ate. 'Little Marleen. and all the time she did nothing but weep. so that there was no need of salt. 'in case it should not be all right.' said the husband.' So little Marleen went.' Then he asked his wife for more pudding. Presently the father came home and sat down to his dinner. but gave him a large dish of black pudding. Little Marleen went upstairs and took her best silk handkerchief out of her bottom drawer. made him into puddings. and wept and wept.' and then she wept and wept. 'Where is my son?' The mother said nothing.' With this he went on with his dinner. 'Mother. brother is sitting by the door with an apple in his hand.' 'I feel very unhappy about it. and nothing would stop her. and her tears fell into the pot.

'Bird. when he heard the song of the bird on his roof.' 'Here is the chain. He thought it so beautiful that he got up and ran out.' he said. and the silk handkerchief and the bones were gone. After this a mist came round the tree. and out of the fire there flew a beautiful bird.' 'Nay. Give that gold chain. first away from one another. singing magnificently. The bird flew away and alighted on the house of a goldsmith and began to sing: 'My mother killed her little son. and I will sing it you again. and the branches waved backwards and forwards. Kywitt. My sister loved me best of all. and then he alighted again in front of the goldsmith and sang: 'My mother killed her little son. the juniper-tree stood there as before. and in the midst of it there was a burning as of fire. and so he stood gazing up at the bird. with a slipper on one foot and a sock on the other.' The bird flew down and took the gold chain in his right claw. take it. She laid her kerchief over me. and then together again.and she wept no more. My sister loved me best of all. while the sun came shining brightly down on the street. Little Marleen now felt as lighthearted and happy as if her brother were still alive. and she went back to the house and sat down cheerfully to the table and ate. he still had on his apron. And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt. that rose high into the air. and still held the gold chain and the pincers in his hands. what a beautiful bird am I!' The goldsmith was in his workshop making a gold chain.' said the bird. 'how beautifully you sing! Sing me that song again.' said the goldsmith. 'I do not sing twice for nothing. My father grieved when I was gone. and when it could no more be seen. But he ran on into the middle of the street. and as he crossed the threshold he lost one of his slippers. . And now the juniper-tree began to move. as it might be someone clapping their hands for joy. 'Only sing me that again. My father grieved when I was gone.

'Bird.' The bird flew down and took the red shoes in his left claw. 'now sing me that song again. then the apprentices. She laid her kerchief over me. bring them to me. 'I do not sing twice for nothing. come and look at it and hear how beautifully it sings.' 'Nay. 'go into the garret. 'There. and eyes like two bright stars in its head. and they all ran up the street to look at the bird. you must give me something. My sister loved me best of all.' Then he called his daughter and the children.' said the man.' said the shoemaker. come out. And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt.' he said.' said the shoemaker. and its neck like burnished gold. what a beautiful bird am I!' Then he flew away. She laid her kerchief over me.' 'Wife. what a beautiful bird am I!' The shoemaker heard him. 'Bird. My father grieved when I was gone. on the upper shelf you will see a pair of red shoes. My father grieved when I was gone. My sister loved me best of all. 'sing me that song again. and settled on the roof of a shoemaker's house and sang: 'My mother killed her little son. 'how beautifully you sing!' Then he called through the door to his wife: 'Wife. and stood looking up at the bird on the roof with his hand over his eyes to keep himself from being blinded by the sun. Kywitt. here is a bird. bird. Kywitt. girls and boys. . and saw how splendid it was with its red and green feathers. And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt.She laid her kerchief over me.' The wife went in and fetched the shoes. and he jumped up and ran out in his shirt-sleeves. and then he went back to the roof and sang: 'My mother killed her little son.' answered the bird.

And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt. and he flew right away to a mill. what a beautiful bird am I!' then he looked up and the last one had left off work. click clack. My sister loved me best of all. sing it again. Kywitt. hick hack. Kywitt. 'what a beautiful song that is you sing! Let me hear it too. 'Bird. Kywitt. two more men left off and listened. and now only one. hick hack. And took my bones that they might lie now there were only eight at work. 'I do not sing twice for nothing. and the mill went 'Click clack.' he said. give me that .' The bird settled on a lime-tree in front of the mill and sang: 'My mother killed her little son. click clack. and as they went 'Hick hack. She laid her kerchief over me. he flew away. then one of the men left off. then four more left off. the juniper-tree.' Inside the mill were twenty of the miller's men hewing a stone. My father grieved when I was gone. click clack. He had the chain in his right claw and the shoes in his left. Underneath And now only five.' answered the bird. click clack.' 'Nay. what a beautiful bird am I!' When he had finished.' the mill went 'Click clack.

and the millstone round his neck. The bird now flew to the juniper-tree and began singing: 'My mother killed her little son. 'you should have it.' But little Marleen sat and wept and wept. 'How lighthearted I feel.' The bird came down. the shoes in his left. 'so pleased and cheerful.' said the father. and flew back with it to the tree and sang-'My mother killed her little son.' 'Yes. My father grieved when I was gone. he can have it. and I feel as if there were a fire in my veins. and the plate on her knees was wet with her tears. and little Marleen were having their dinner. the mother. I feel just as if I were going to see an old friend again.' 'And I. yes. he spread his wings. Then the bird came flying towards the house and settled on the roof. 'I feel so uneasy.' said the mother. he flew right away to his father's house. 'and how beautifully the sun shines. She laid her kerchief over me.' said the others: 'if he will sing again. what a beautiful bird am I!' And when he had finished his song. Kywitt. 'and I am so full of distress and uneasiness that my teeth chatter. and all the while little Marleen sat in the corner and wept.' and she tore open her dress.' said the man.' 'If it belonged to me alone. .millstone. The father. and all the twenty millers set to and lifted up the stone with a beam. My sister loved me best of all. and I will sing it again. And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt. as if a heavy thunderstorm were coming.' 'Ah!' said the wife. 'I do feel so happy. and with the chain in his right claw. then the bird put his head through the hole and took the stone round his neck like a collar.' said the father.

and her cap fell from her head. 'Look. and it fell just round the man's neck. then the woman fell down again as if dead.the mother shut her eyes and her ears. then little Marleen laid her head down on her knees and sobbed. mother. and looks so beautiful himself. 'if I were but a thousand feet beneath the earth. that she fell on the floor. he has given me this beautiful gold chain. do not go!' cried the wife. She laid her kerchief over me. 'I feel as if the whole house were in flames!' But the man went out and looked at the bird. and said.' said the man.' But the wife was in such fear and trouble. 'Ah me!' cried the wife. so that it fitted him exactly. 'at the beautiful bird that is singing so magnificently. He went inside. what a splendid bird that is. and in her eyes a burning and flashing like lightning: My father grieved when I was gone. and how warm and bright the sun is. 'Ah. that I might not hear that song. and what a delicious scent of spice in the air!' My sister loved me best of all.' My father grieved when I was gone. 'See. that she might see and hear nothing. . And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt. 'I must go outside and see the bird nearer.' said the man. Kywitt. but there was a roaring sound in her ears like that of a violent storm. what a beautiful bird am I!' With that the bird let fall the gold chain. Then the bird began again: 'My mother killed her little son.

he became a gardener. what a beautiful bird am I!' And she now felt quite happy and lighthearted. 'when I came out. the one was rich and the other poor.' she said. And took my bones that they might lie and he threw down the shoes to her. 'and see if it will lighten my misery. but they only saw mist and flame and fire rising from the spot.' she said. Kywitt. and went inside together and sat down to their dinners and ate. She laid her kerchief over me. there was one plant bigger than all the rest. so that it might have been called the prince of turnips for . Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt. for I feel as if the world were coming to an end. When the seed came up. pulling off his red coat.' said little Marleen. she put on the shoes and danced and jumped about in them. and he has given me a pair of red shoes. 'I was so miserable. The father and little Marleen heard the sound and ran out. and she was crushed to death. and it kept getting larger and larger.' So she went out. there stood the little brother. and seemed as if it would never cease growing. that is indeed a splendid bird. THE TURNIP There were two brothers who were both soldiers. then they all three rejoiced. with her hair standing out from her head like flames of fire. but that has all passed away. The poor man thought he would try to better himself. 'Well. crash! the bird threw the millstone down on her head.' The wife sprang up. so.My sister loved me best of all. 'Then I will go out too. and sowed turnips. and dug his ground well.' But as she crossed the threshold. and he took the father and little Marleen by the hand. 'I will go out too and see if the bird will give me anything. and when these had passed.

'Dear brother. and having shown them where to lie in ambush. let us go and dig it up. and made him so rich that his brother's fortune could not at all be compared with his. At last it was so big that it filled a cart.' 'Ah. 'What shall I do with it? if I sell it. and for eating. nor whether it would be a blessing or a curse to him. the best thing perhaps is to carry it and give it to the king as a mark of respect.there never was such a one seen before. no!' answered the gardener. the murderers rushed out upon him. I have a brother. what must his present be wroth? The king took the gift very graciously. it will bring no more than another. 'You shall be poor no longer. and as they were travelling along. I am a poor soldier. so the soldier was forced to put it into a cart.' Then he gave him gold and lands and flocks. When the brother heard of all this.' The other had no suspicions of his roguery: so they went out together. So he hired some villains to murder him. But whilst they were getting all ready. and he resolved to kill his brother. the little turnips are better than this. but because I am poor. bound him. and said he knew not what to give in return more valuable and wonderful than the great turnip. and the gardener knew not what in the world to do with it. and bethought himself how he could contrive to get the same good fortune for himself. and two oxen could hardly draw it. who is rich. but such a monster as this I never saw. they heard the trampling of a . he knew not upon whom to vent his rage and spite. and share it between us. and were going to hang him on a tree. and drag it home with him. who never could get enough to live upon. so I laid aside my red coat. and drew the turnip to the court. I have found a hidden treasure. and gave it to the king. 'What a wonderful thing!' said the king. and set to work. 'I am no child of fortune. 'I have seen many strange things. tilling the ground. he went to his brother. you are a true child of fortune. One day he said to himself.' The king then took pity on him. and all the world knows him. and how a turnip had made the gardener so rich. and at length wicked thoughts came into his head. he envied him sorely. and your majesty knows him well. I will give you so much that you shall be even richer than your brother. for if his brother had received so much for only a turnip. However. and said. and thought he must have a much larger gift in return. and got together a rich present of gold and fine horses for the king. and never will again. he determined to manage more cleverly than his brother. When he reached home. Where did you get the seed? or is it only your good luck? If so. everybody forgets me.' Then he yoked his oxen. and said.

Here I discern the signs and motions of the heavens and the stars. where they left him dangling. a merry fellow. till I have learnt some little matters that are yet unknown to me. and then thou shalt enter. the number of the sands on the seashore. and left the poor fellow . which so frightened them that they pushed their prisoner neck and shoulders together into a sack. the laws that control the winds. though wouldst feel and own the power of knowledge. 'let me ascend quickly. my friend!' The student looked about everywhere.' So saying. opened the sack. and not knowing where the voice came from. all the learning of the schools is as empty air. cannot you contrive to let me into the sack for a little while?' Then the other answered.' Then he pushed him in head first. and set him free. Compared to this seat. and shall come forth wiser than the wisest of mankind.' said the gardener. 'A little space I may allow thee to sit here. Wert thou but once here.' As he began to put himself into the sack heels first. friend?' said he. and seeing no one. he proved to be a student. The student listened to all this and wondered much. he trotted off on the student's nag. Then the other pretended to give way. 'dost thou not feel that wisdom comes unto thee? Rest there in peace. learned great and wondrous things. and ran away. the virtues of all simples. and said. 'Good morning! good morning to thee. till thou art a wiser man than thou wert. who was journeying along on his nag. 'Wait a while. 'Blessed be the day and hour when I found you. but the time hung heavy upon him.' So the student let him down. and soon swung up the searcher after wisdom dangling in the air. till he made a hole large enough to put out his head. 'Now then. and of precious stones. 'How is it with thee. When the horseman came up. my friend. Meantime he worked and worked away. As soon as the man in the sack saw him passing under the tree. here have I. by untying yonder cord. and swung him up by a cord to the tree. 'Lift up thine eyes. A little longer. for behold here I sit in the sack of wisdom. tied up the sack. for his thirst for knowledge was great. if thou wilt reward me well and entreat me kindly. and he begged earnestly that he might ascend forthwith. of birds. and singing as he went. 'Thou must let the sack of wisdom descend.' cried he.horse at a distance. cried out. he cried out. as if very unwillingly. the healing of the sick. 'that is not the way. and I shall know all that man can know. at last he said.' So the student sat himself down and waited a while. in a short time. but thou must tarry yet an hour below. 'Who calls me?' Then the man in the tree answered.

' 'Never mind. and goes home. mother.' 'Good day.' Hans takes the knife. Hans?' 'Stuck in the hay-cart.' 'That was ill done. Hans?' 'Stuck in my sleeve.' 'Whither away. I'll do better next time.' Hans takes the goat.' 'Never mind. You should have stuck the needle in your sleeve.' 'Good evening. 'Good evening.' 'That's ill done.' 'Goodbye. What do you bring that is good?' 'I bring nothing.' 'What did you take her?' 'Took nothing. Hans. Hans.' 'Goodbye. sticks it in his sleeve. 'Good day. Hans.' 'Oh.' 'That was ill done. 'Good day. mother. Hans?' 'To Gretel. 'Goodbye.' 'Where is the goat.' 'Where is the knife. I'll behave well. I want to have something given to me. Hans. Hans.' 'Behave well. Gretel. Hans.' What did you take her?' 'Took her nothing. Gretel. Where have you been?' 'With Gretel. What good thing do you bring?' 'I bring nothing.to gather wisdom till somebody should come and let him down. she gave me something. Hans.' 'Good day. mother.' 'Good evening. had something given me. What do you bring that is good?' 'I bring nothing.' Gretel presents Hans with a young goat. mother.' 'What did Gretel give you?' 'She gave me a goat. Goodbye. Hans. I want to have something given me.' Gretel presents Hans with a knife.' 'Goodbye. 'Good evening. ties its legs.' Hans comes to Gretel.' Hans comes to Gretel. Hans?' 'Put it in my pocket.' 'What did Gretel give you?' 'Gave me a needle. Gretel.' 'What did you take her?' 'Took nothing. Hans.' 'Oh. and follows the cart home. Hans. Gretel. I'll behave well. Where have you been?' 'With Gretel. you should have put a rope round the goat's neck. and puts it in his pocket.' Hans comes to Gretel. Gretel.' 'Oh. 'Good day. will do better next time.' 'Good evening. sticks it into a hay-cart. mother. you should have put the knife in your pocket. Hans?' Hans answered: 'To Gretel. Hans. I want something given me.' Gretel presents Hans with a needle. mother.' 'What did Gretel give you?' 'Gave me a knife. Hans. Goodbye.' 'Goodbye. Hans. Hans says: 'Goodbye.' 'Good day. 'Goodbye.' 'Behave well. Hans. will do better next time. Hans. When he gets home it is suffocated.' 'Where is the needle. Hans?' 'To Gretel.' 'Goodbye. I'll behave well. Goodbye.' 'Behave well.' . Where have you been?' 'With Gretel.' 'Goodbye. Hans. she gave me something. Hans. mother.' 'Whither away. mother. Gretel. CLEVER HANS The mother of Hans said: 'Whither away.' 'Never mind. Hans. 'Good evening.' Hans takes the needle.

Hans.' Hans comes to Gretel. Goodbye. but had something given me. Hans.' Hans comes to Gretel. mother. Hans.' 'What did you take her?' 'I took her nothing. Goodbye. mother. Hans.' 'Whither away. Gretel. leads her to the rack. mother. Gretel. mother. Where have you been?' 'With Gretel. will do better next time.' 'That was ill done. mother. Goodbye. Gretel. and there is no longer anything hanging on to it. Where have you been?' 'With Gretel.' 'What did Gretel give you?' 'Gave me a bit of bacon. Hans. you should have cast friendly eyes on her. mother.'Whither away. What good thing do you bring?' 'I bring nothing. Hans?' 'To Gretel. and scattered some grass for her. ties her to a rope. Hans.' 'Behave well. Hans. she gave me something. 'Good evening. but would have something given.' 'Where have you left Gretel?' 'I led her by the rope.' 'Good evening. Hans?' 'To Gretel. mother. Then Hans goes to his mother.' 'What did you take her?' 'I took nothing. Gretel.' 'I'll behave well. Hans?' 'I set it on my head and it kicked my face. puts it on his head. Hans?' 'I tied it to a rope.' 'Behave well. Hans.' 'What did Gretel give you?' 'A calf. he has the rope in his hand. she came with me. Hans.' 'Good evening.' 'I'll behave well. I'll behave well. Gretel. tied her to the rack.' 'Goodbye.' 'What did Gretel give you?' 'She gave me nothing.' 'What did you take her?' 'I took her nothing. 'Good day. 'Goodbye.' Gretel says to Hans: 'I will go with you.' 'Where is the bacon. mother. Hans.' Hans takes the bacon.' 'Goodbye.' 'That was ill done. What good thing do you bring?' 'I bring nothing. but would have something given. and drags it away behind him.' Hans takes Gretel. you should have led the calf. 'Goodbye. Hans. Hans. Hans. Hans. Hans.' 'Never mind. 'Good day. 'Good evening.' 'Good day. and the calf kicks his face.' 'Good evening.' .' 'Good day. and put it in the stall. you should have carried the bacon on your head. I want something given me.' 'Where have you the calf. dogs took it. will do better next time. Hans.' Gretel presents Hans with a calf.' 'Good day. and binds her fast.' 'That was ill done. Hans. brought it home.' 'Never mind. What good thing do you bring?' 'I bring nothing.' 'Behave well.' 'Goodbye.' 'Goodbye.' 'Whither away. mother. Where have you been?' 'With Gretel. will do better. 'Good day. ties it to a rope.' 'Goodbye.' Hans comes to Gretel. 'Good evening.' Gretel presents Hans with a piece of bacon.' Hans takes the calf. When he gets home. Hans?' 'To Gretel.' 'Never mind.' 'Oh. The dogs come and devour the bacon.

it is at the peril of your life. but when they should have killed him.' said the lord of the castle. which bark and howl without stopping. but if you learn nothing this time also. The youth. and remained a whole year with the master. to another master. cut out all the calves' and sheep's eyes. what have you learnt?' He answered: 'Father.' The youth remained a whole year with the third master also. called his people thither. I have learnt what the birds say. he came home again.' The youth was sent into a strange town. and could learn nothing. and after some time came to a fortress where he begged for a night's lodging. they could not do it for pity.Hans went into the stable. what have you learnt?' 'Father. try as I will I can get nothing into your head.' Then the father fell into the most furious anger. and his father asked: 'Now. I have learnt what the dogs say when they bark. what have you learnt?' he answered: 'Dear father. however. my son. 'Yes. go thither. and kill him. are you not ashamed to appear before my eyes? I will send you to a third master. whom they at once devour. and yet no one could do anything to stop this. Then Gretel became angry. When he came back the father again asked: 'My son. 'if you will pass the night down there in the old tower. who had an only son. and stayed a year with this master likewise.' 'Lord have mercy on us!' cried the father. for it is full of wild dogs. At the end of this time. and said: 'Just let me go down to the barking dogs. and said: 'This man is no longer my son. and was no longer the bride of Hans. I will give you into the care of a celebrated master. but I warn you. and when he came home again. and let him go.' The whole district was in sorrow and dismay because of them. and at certain hours a man has to be given to them. I have this year learnt what the frogs croak. and give me something that I can throw to . sprang up. but he was stupid. you lost man. I will no longer be your father. You must go from hence. who shall see what he can do with you. you have spent the precious time and learnt nothing. The youth wandered on. 'is that all you have learnt? I will send you into another town. my son. and his father inquired: 'My son. and they cut the eyes and tongue out of a deer that they might carry them to the old man as a token.' The youth was taken thither. THE THREE LANGUAGES An aged count once lived in Switzerland.' Then the father fell into a rage and said: 'Oh. Then said the father: 'Hark you.' They took him forth. and command you to take him out into the forest. was without fear. tore herself loose and ran away. and threw them in Gretel's face. I drive him forth.

and at length he said yes. He went down again. and led him down to the tower. the dogs did not bark at him. and said to the lord of the castle: 'The dogs have revealed to me. he grew very thoughtful and sad. he came out again safe and unharmed. they had disappeared.' she spoke to him in a friendly way. and as he knew what he had to do. and much esteemed in the world. and did not hurt one hair of his head. At last he arrived in Rome. they gave him some food for the wild animals. They are bewitched. but wagged their tails quite amicably around him. why they dwell there. and the lord of the castle said he would adopt him as a son if he accomplished it successfully. He was undecided. He listened to them. how are you? How is all with you? How are you getting on in these hard . and thus was fulfilled what he had heard from the frogs on his way. they will do nothing to harm me. the young count entered into the church. And just as that was decided on. and there was great doubt among the cardinals as to whom they should appoint as his successor.' As he himself would have it so. THE FOX AND THE CAT It happened that the cat met the fox in a forest. and when he became aware of what they were saying. and bring evil on the land. They at length agreed that the person should be chosen as pope who should be distinguished by some divine and miraculous token. and as she thought to herself: 'He is clever and full of experience. Next morning. The howling of the wild dogs was henceforth heard no more. Then he had to sing a mass. in which a number of frogs were sitting croaking. which had so affected him. The ecclesiastics recognized therein the token from above. When he went inside. where the Pope had just died. and I have likewise learnt. ate what he set before them. that he was to be his Holiness the Pope. and did not know one word of it. and brought a chest full of gold out with him. he did it thoroughly. After some time he took it in his head that he would travel to Rome. and the country was freed from the trouble. from their discourse. but the doves counselled him to do it. 'Good day. and are obliged to watch over a great treasure which is below in the tower. to the astonishment of everyone.' Then all who heard this rejoiced. but the two doves sat continually on his shoulders. and knew not if he were worthy of this. Then was he anointed and consecrated. dear Mr Fox. and asked him on the spot if he would be pope. and they can have no rest until it is taken away. On the way he passed by a marsh. how that is to be done. and said it all in his ear.them. in their own language. and suddenly two snow-white doves flew on his shoulders and remained sitting there.

' 'Is that all?' said the fox. come with me. 'You with your hundred arts are left in the lurch! Had you been able to climb like me. full of all kinds of arrogance. 'Then. and sat down at the top of it.' replied the cat. you piebald fool. 'that is not an honest calling. and see how you can get on. each leading to a different country.' 'No. and for a long time did not know whether he would give any answer or not. 'Ah. When they had got on some way they came to four crossways. 'Open your sack. At last he said: 'Oh. modestly.' So the young man agreed to follow his trade. where the branches and foliage quite concealed her. 'Here we must part.times?' The fox. Then the eldest said.' So the four brothers took their walking-sticks in their hands.' answered he. Mr Fox. what can you be thinking of? Have you the cheek to ask how I am getting on? What have you learnt? How many arts do you understand?' 'I understand but one.' said the other. I can spring into a tree and save myself. Mr Fox. and where no one can find you out. but this day four years we will come back to this spot. you wretched beard-cleaner. went all out at the gate together. 'I have nothing to give you. 'What art is that?' asked the fox. you hungry mouse-hunter. and their little bundles on their shoulders. 'you need not fear the gallows.' cried the cat.' Just then came a hunter with four dogs. 'I am master of a hundred arts. you must go out into the wide world and try your luck. and have into the bargain a sackful of cunning.' said a poor man to his four sons.' THE FOUR CLEVER BROTHERS 'Dear children. that nothing could escape him that he had once set his mind upon. The cat sprang nimbly up a tree. and as the eldest was hastening on a man met him.' cried the cat to him. you would not have lost your life. 'go with me. and in the meantime each must try what he can do for himself. and were holding him fast. I will teach you how people get away from the hounds.' So each brother went his way. Begin by learning some craft or another. and what he wanted. You make me sorry for you. .' said the man. and asked him where he was going. looked at the cat from head to foot. and I will teach you to become the cunningest thief that ever was. 'When the hounds are following me. and he soon showed himself so clever. and should like to begin by learning some art or trade. for I will only teach you to steal what will be fair game: I meddle with nothing but what no one else can get or care anything about. and after bidding their father goodbye. 'I am going to try my luck in the world. and what can one look to earn by it in the end but the gallows?' 'Oh!' said the man. open your sack. but the dogs had already seized him.

and wanted to leave his master. 'Would not you like. at the time agreed upon. and the fifth in the middle. no!' said the young man. that he became very clever in the craft of the woods. and it never saw or felt what he was doing. and said. and said. and taught him so well all that belonged to hunting. and when he left his master. 'I do not know yet. and he soon became such a skilful star-gazer.' The huntsman took up his bow. asked him what craft he meant to follow. working backwards and forwards with a needle and goose. and brought away to his father the five eggs from under the bird. 'take away the eggs without letting the bird that is sitting upon them and hatching them know anything of what you are doing. and said.' After the space of four years. set off towards their father's home.' The plan pleased him much. when once you understand the stars. the father said. who took him with him. 'Whatever you shoot at with this bow you will be sure to hit. and the joint will be so fine that no seam will be seen. and having welcomed each other. will never suit me. It is a noble art. and how each had learned some craft.' said the father to the eldest son.' The youngest brother likewise met a man who asked him what he wished to do. and at one shot struck all the five eggs as his father wished.' So he looked up. and put one on each corner of the table.' So the cunning thief climbed up the tree. 'Then come with me. he gave him a needle. 'I should like to try what each of you can do in this way.' Not knowing what better to do. looked up. but kept sitting on at its ease.' 'Oh!' answered the man. Then the father took the eggs. and said to the huntsman. and learnt tailoring from the beginning. 'With this you can see all that is passing in the sky and on earth. Then. one day.' The star-gazer took his glass. 'to be a tailor?' 'Oh. where they told him all that had happened to them. that when he had served out his time. he came into the plan. . 'You can sew anything with this.' The third brother met a huntsman. tell me how many eggs there are in it. and nothing can be hidden from you.' said he. and said to the second son. the four brothers met at the four cross-roads. who. 'sitting cross-legged from morning to night.The second brother also met a man. and you will learn quite another kind of craft from that. and be a star-gazer. he gave him a glass. come with me. be it as soft as an egg or as hard as steel.' 'Now. 'that is not my sort of tailoring. and when he left his master he gave him a bow. as they were sitting before the house under a very high tree.' said he. 'Cut all the eggs in two pieces at one shot. 'Five. 'At the top of this tree there is a chaffinch's nest. and said. for nothing can be hidden from you. when he found out what he was setting out upon.

'Here is a chance for us. sitting upon a rock in the sea. for he awoke and missed the princess. and he sat down upon these. and sailed about and gathered up all pieces of the boat. sons!' said the old man. but I am sure I do not know which ought to have the prize. guarding her. and when he had done. 'I dare not shoot at him. and put them under the bird without its knowing it. for the king's daughter had been carried off by a mighty dragon.' Then he went to the king. and went and stole her away from under the dragon. where the tailor had sewn them together. Then away they hastened with her full of joy in their boat towards the ship. and they had to swim in the open sea upon a few planks. Then she went on sitting. and I can spy the dragon close by. let us try what we can do. but went on snoring. and they sailed together over the sea. on the rock. They were still not safe. as the star-gazer had said. and with a few large stitches put some of the planks together.' said the star-gazer. for he was such a great beast that in his fall he overset the boat. and sewed the eggs as he was told. . the thief was sent to take them back to the nest. 'I will soon find out where she is. however. so neatly that the shot shall have done them no harm. Then the four brothers said to each other. and had only a little red streak across their necks. till they came to the right place. and learnt something worth the knowing. So the tailor took his needle. 'for I should kill the beautiful young lady also. There they found the princess sitting. 'sew the eggs and the young birds in them together again. and the king mourned over his loss day and night. 'you have made good use of your time. and then tacked them together so quickly that the boat was soon ready. Oh.' said he to the young tailor. as he looked through his glass. and made it known that whoever brought her back to him should have her for a wife.' And they agreed to see whether they could not set the princess free. the huntsman took up his bow and shot him straight through the heart so that he fell down dead. and asked for a ship for himself and his brothers. 'I see her afar off. and hatched them: and in a few days they crawled out.' 'Then I will try my skill.' said the thief.'Now comes your turn. that a time might soon come for you to turn your skill to some account!' Not long after this there was a great bustle in the country. and the dragon was lying asleep. and he soon cried out. and they then reached the ship and got home safe.' said the huntsman. But when he got over the boat. with his head upon her lap. 'Well done. so quietly and gently that the beast did not know it. and wanted to pounce upon them and carry off the princess.' Then the tailor took his needle. but soon came the dragon roaring behind them through the air.

for it was the middle of winter. I will give each of you. and took good care of their father. after all. This grieved him very much. and said. and as all cannot have the young lady. So he kissed all three. for Lily was his dearest child. 'Dear father.' Then there arose a quarrel between them.' 'And if I had not sewn the boat together again. her father said he would try what he could do. On one side the . yet as she was his prettiest daughter. but before he went he asked each daughter what gift he should bring back for her.' 'No. there was great rejoicing. the best way is for neither of you to have her: for the truth is. who had three daughters. than to let either the dragon or one of the craftsmen have her again. half a kingdom. and somebody took better care of the young lady. all your skill would have been of no use.' said the tailor. therefore she ought to be mine.' Now it was no easy task to find a rose. but the third.' said the huntsman. 'if I had not taken her away from the dragon. And when the time came for him to go home. 'If I had not found the princess out. 'for if I had not killed the dragon. the people laughed at him. in one half of which it seemed to be summer-time and in the other half winter.When they had brought home the princess to her father. and when he went into any garden and asked for such a thing. as he had said. and as he was journeying home.' So the brothers agreed that this plan would be much better than either quarrelling or marrying a lady who had no mind to have them. the second for jewels. and the star-gazer said. bring me a rose. he had bought pearls and jewels for the two eldest. she is mine.' Then the king put in a word. he came to a fine castle. but you must settle amongst yourselves which it is to be. And the king then gave to each half a kingdom. LILY AND THE LION A merchant. as a reward for his skill. and he said to the four brothers. and around the castle was a garden. 'One of you shall marry her.' said the thief. The eldest wished for pearls. was once setting out upon a journey. 'you would all have been drowned. and bid them goodbye. 'Each of you is right. But to make up for your loss. he would. have torn you and the princess into pieces. and asked him whether he thought roses grew in snow. therefore she is mine. there is somebody she likes a great deal better. and they lived very happily the rest of their days. but he had sought everywhere in vain for the rose. said. thinking what he should bring her. and was very fond of flowers.' 'Your seeing her would have been of no use. therefore she ought to be mine. who was called Lily.

and took leave of her father. the word you have given must be kept. and when she saw that he had brought her the rose.' Then the servant was greatly frightened. and went away by himself. and on the other everything looked dreary and buried in the snow. till the night came again. and when he has you. 'Dear father. and said. 'nothing. and set out with the lions. his youngest and dearest daughter.' But the man was unwilling to do so and said. and kissed him. can nothing save my life?' 'No!' said the lion. who loves me most. and welcomed him home. he welcomed her so courteously that she agreed to marry him. I will go to the lion. 'A lucky hit!' said he. she came running. This done. But the lion was an enchanted prince. let what would happen. and roared out. 'Whoever has stolen my roses shall be eaten up alive!' Then the man said. unless you undertake to give me whatever meets you on your return home. my dearest child! I have bought this flower at a high price. for I have said I would give you to a wild lion. and went forth with a bold heart into the wood. and soothe him: perhaps he will let me come safe home again. and said he would give the lion whatever should meet him first on his return. After some time he said to her. and then he held his court. it was Lily. The prince was only to be seen as soon as evening came. and the rose too for your daughter. 'It may perhaps be only a cat or a dog. The wedding-feast was held. if you agree to this. and they lived happily together a long time. And as he came near home. for your eldest sister is to be married. and bring him away one of the finest flowers. and said she should not go. And when Lily came to the castle. and told him to go to a beautiful bed of roses that was there.finest flowers were in full bloom. 'Alas. saying. and took the rose. and always runs to meet me when I go home. she was still more glad. I will give you your life.' The next morning she asked the way she was to go. that met him.' Then he told her all that had happened. By day he and all his court were lions. 'I knew not that the garden belonged to you. but every morning he left his bride.' Then she rejoiced much at the thoughts of seeing her father once more. But she comforted him. 'Tomorrow there will be a great feast in your father's house. and if you wish to go and visit her my lions shall lead you thither. he will tear you in pieces. she knew not whither. 'It may be my youngest daughter. but in the evening they took their right forms again. and said. as he called to his servant. But her father began to be very sorrowful. and eat you. when up sprang a fierce lion. for they had . and everyone was overjoyed to see her.' And at last the man yielded with a heavy heart. and to weep. they were riding away well pleased.

' said the moon. unluckily. 'Now. and said that it would be a very hazardous thing. 'I have not seen it. Then she began to be glad. Her second sister was soon after married. over field and grove--hast thou nowhere seen my white dove?' 'No. and passed with the torches before the hall.' said the sun. and when she lifted up her eyes she could nowhere see the dove.' This said. 'Thou blowest through every tree and under every leaf--hast thou not seen my white dove?' 'No. In a moment he disappeared. that will show you the way I am going. and be forced to wander about the world for seven long years. and poor Lily followed. and she raised up her voice to it.' So she went to the sun and said. and when the moon arose. and then went back to the wood. and went on till the night-wind blew. However. and every now and then a white feather fell. but as the train came from the church. yet repose was still far off. on the hill's top and the valley's depth--hast thou anywhere seen my white dove?' 'No. follow it. 'I will not go alone this time--you must go with me. But she told them how happy she was. and thought to herself that the time was fast coming when all her troubles should end.' thought she to herself. she cried unto it. and went on her way till eventide. a very small ray of light fell upon the prince. she gave him no rest. and said. nor took any rest. for if the least ray of the torch-light should fall upon him his enchantment would become still worse. and showed her the way she was to journey. and when his wife came in and looked for him. but I will give thee a casket--open it when thy hour of need comes. but. 'no aid of man can be of use to me.' said the . and said. for seven years. and at last you may overtake and set me free. but every now and then I will let fall a white feather. 'Thou shinest everywhere. Thus she went roving on through the wide world. no one saw that there was a crack in the door.' Then she thanked the moon. Then the wedding was held with great pomp. and it said to her.' But he would not. he flew out at the door. and she chose a large hall with thick walls for him to sit in while the wedding-torches were lighted. she found only a white dove. she said to the prince.' So she thanked the sun. and stayed till the feast was over. and took with them their little child. 'I cannot help thee but I will give thee an egg--break it when need comes. and looked neither to the right hand nor to the left. So at last they set out together. 'Thou shinest through the night. and when Lily was asked to go to the wedding. and said she would take care no light should fall upon him.thought her dead long since. 'Seven years must I fly up and down over the face of the earth. for he should be changed into a dove. for one day as she was travelling on she missed the white feather.

and all the people gazed upon her. and when thou comest to the eleventh. and she heard that the wedding was about to be held. and went off carrying the prince away with her. if. perhaps they have seen it.' continued the night-wind. 'Heaven aid me now!' said she. on the right shore stand many rods--count them. and smite the dragon with it. but she told her chamberlain to give the prince a sleeping draught. But no sooner was the princess released from the spell. than she seized the prince by the arm and sprang on to the griffin's back. and she said. but she took heart and said. and so long as the cock crows. and out of the waters will immediately spring up a high nut-tree on which the griffin will be able to rest. and she took the casket that the sun had given her. long way. and there was a feast got ready. 'As far as the wind blows. break it off.night-wind.' said she. that he might not hear or see her. who seeks to separate him from you. and the dragon is an enchanted princess.' Then the night-wind said. 'Not for gold and silver. and at last I have helped thee to overcome . and the lion forthwith became a prince. jump on to his back with thy beloved one as quickly as possible. 'but for flesh and blood. So she put it on. I will also give thee this nut. throw it down. Thus the unhappy traveller was again forsaken and forlorn. and found all as the night-wind had said. for the seven years are passed away. and both of them will appear to you in their own forms. the moon. 'I will give thee counsel. and the prince had fallen asleep. Then look round and thou wilt see a griffin. but the south wind said. and went into the palace. and there he is fighting with a dragon. and found that within it lay a dress as dazzling as the sun itself. sitting by the Red Sea. thou dost forget to throw down the nut. till at length she came to the castle whither the princess had carried the prince. 'but I will ask three other winds. and he will carry you over the waters to your home. to seek thee. and so the lion will have the victory. she was led into his chamber.' The princess asked what she meant. he will let you both fall into the sea.' Then the east wind and the west wind came. and smote the dragon. and the dragon a princess again. and the night-wind. and she plucked the eleventh rod. otherwise he would not have the strength to bear you the whole way. 'I have seen the white dove--he has fled to the Red Sea. and the dress pleased the bride so much that she asked whether it was to be sold. therefore. and is changed once more into a lion. When evening came. 'When you are half-way over. 'Let me speak with the bridegroom this night in his chamber. and I will give thee the dress. winged like bird. and said they too had not seen it.' She went on for a long. Go to the Red Sea. I will journey on.' At last the princess agreed. and she sat herself down at his feet. till I find him once again.' So our poor wanderer went forth. and said: 'I have followed thee seven years. I have been to the sun.

THE FOX AND THE HORSE A farmer had a horse that had been an excellent faithful servant to him: but he was now grown too old to work. Wilt thou then forget me quite?' But the prince all the time slept so soundly. whereon the griffin rested for a while.the dragon. 'I want you no longer.' Then the princess thought to betray her as before. so that I had altogether forgotten you. but for flesh and blood: let me again this evening speak with the bridegroom in his chamber. and then carried them safely home. but Heaven hath sent you to me in a lucky hour. But as she sat she bethought herself of the egg that the moon had given her. and agreed to what she asked: but when the prince went to his chamber he asked the chamberlain why the wind had whistled so in the night. and when Lily came and began again to tell him what woes had befallen her. and how a poor maiden had come and spoken to him in his chamber. and said. and when she saw that there was no help for her. and after all their troubles they lived happily together to the end of their days. and sat herself down and wept. 'Not for gold or silver. and said. that played about. so the farmer would give him nothing more to eat. and immediately a large nut-tree arose from the sea. so as to form the most beautiful sight in the world. till the bride saw them from her window. she went out into a meadow. There they found their child. for the strange princess had thrown a spell around me. and how faithful and true to him she had been. and I will give thee the whole brood. When they were half-way across Lily let the nut fall into the water. and seated themselves on the griffin. and sprang up. there ran out a hen and twelve chickens of pure gold. and was to come again that night. and when she broke it. and forced to give up the golden dress. who flew back with them over the Red Sea. now grown up to be comely and fair. Then poor Lily was led away.' And they stole away out of the palace by night unawares. that her voice only passed over him. and seemed like the whistling of the wind among the fir-trees. 'You have awakened me as from a dream. and was so pleased that she came forth and asked her if she would sell the brood. so take yourself off out of my stable. And she rose up and drove them before her. he knew his beloved wife's voice. I shall not take you back again until you are . Then the prince took care to throw away the sleeping draught. And the chamberlain told him all--how he had given him a sleeping draught. and then nestled under the old one's wings.

the fox bid him be of good cheer. But the fox managed to tie his legs together and bound all so hard and fast that with all his strength he could not set himself free.' Then he opened the door and turned him adrift. till all the birds of the wood flew away for fright. his heart relented. 'A little way off lies a dead horse. 'You will not be able to eat him comfortably here. and set off immediately.' said he. and said.stronger than a lion.' The horse did as he was told. and lived--till he died. 'Jip! Dobbin! Jip!' Then up he sprang. 'Thou shalt stay in thy stable and be well taken care of. the fox clapped the horse on the shoulder. I'll tell you what--I will tie you fast to his tail. THE BLUE LIGHT There was once upon a time a soldier who for many years had served the king faithfully. 'justice and avarice never dwell in one house. seeking some little shelter from the cold wind and rain. or he would not talk so. and when they came to the horse. and made his way quietly over the fields to his master's house. and said to him. lie down there. 'Here he is. the fox said. my friend?' said he. The king said to him: . dragging the lion behind him. and wandered up and down in the wood.' And so the poor old horse had plenty to eat. and said.' However.' This advice pleased the lion. Presently a fox met him: 'What's the matter. stretch yourself out quite stiff. The poor horse was very melancholy. so he laid himself down quietly for the fox to make him fast to the horse. When the work was done.' The lion was greatly pleased. and because I can no longer work he has turned me adrift. and then you can draw him to your den. The beast began to roar and bellow. 'I have got the better of him': and when the farmer saw his old servant. and says unless I become stronger than a lion he will not take me back again. but the horse let him sing on. and moved off. and eat him at your leisure. and the fox went straight to the lion who lived in a cave close by. and he said. what chance can I have of that? he knows I have none. come with me and you may make an excellent meal of his carcase. but when the war came to an end could serve no longer because of the many wounds which he had received. 'why do you hang down your head and look so lonely and woe-begone?' 'Ah!' replied the horse. master. 'I will help you. my master has forgotten all that I have done for him so many years. and pretend to be dead.

He sat for a while very sorrowfully. pulled it out. 'This shall be my last pleasure. there is an old dry well. but of what use was that to him? He saw very well that he could not escape death. in payment for which you must tomorrow chop me a load of wood. 'I must do everything you bid me. suddenly a little black dwarf stood before him. 'who gives anything to a run-away soldier? Yet will I be compassionate. 'I see well enough. tomorrow.' Next day the old woman took him to the well. into which my light has fallen.' 'Oho!' she answered.' 'What do you wish?' said the soldier. When the smoke had circled about the cavern. quite astonished. and the blue light went on burning. and the soldier took as much gold as he could carry.' The witch fell into a passion. When he was above. and let him down in a basket. if you will do what I wish.' The soldier spent the whole day in doing it. 'No. 'Good. He found the blue light. and take you in. but when he came near the edge. but could not finish it by the evening. The poor soldier fell without injury on the moist ground. and chop it small.' The soldier consented. it burns blue.' In a short time she came by like the wind.' The little man took him by the hand. When darkness came on. and a little to eat and drink. riding on a wild tom-cat and screaming frightfully. Nor was it long before the little man . but he did not forget to take the blue light with him. She did draw him up. perceiving her evil intention. for he only receives wages who renders me service for them.' said the little man. and went away. 'Do give me one night's lodging. Behind my house. then suddenly he felt in his pocket and found his tobacco pipe.' said he to her. 'then in the first place help me out of this well. and led him through an underground passage. and in the evening the witch proposed that he should stay one night more.' Then the soldier did not know how to earn a living. and you will not receive any more money. and next day laboured with all his strength. and said: 'Lord. and walked the whole day. he saw a light. and made her a signal to draw him up again. I need you no longer. but I will keep you yet another night.' thought he. he said to the little man: 'Now go and bind the old witch. 'or I shall starve. until in the evening he entered a forest. you shall only do me a very trifling piece of work. what are your commands?' 'What my commands are?' replied the soldier. and carry her before the judge. 'that you can do no more today. 'That you should dig all round my garden for me. which he went up to. 'I will not give you the light until I am standing with both feet upon the ground. and never goes out. went away greatly troubled. On the way the dwarf showed him the treasures which the witch had collected and hidden there. and you shall bring it up again.' said the soldier. let him fall again into the well.' said the witch. and came to a house wherein lived a witch.' said he. which was still half full. she stretched down her hand and wanted to take the blue light away from him.'You may return to your home. 'Tomorrow. lit it at the blue light and began to smoke.

and then he stretched out his feet and said: 'Pull off my boots. none.' When twelve o'clock had struck. and laid her in her bed. and left me to hunger. however. silently and with half-shut eyes. did everything he bade her. And again the princess was compelled to do servant's work until cock-crow. but he has dismissed me.' said she. and then bade the landlord furnish him a room as handsome as possible. and I had to wait upon him like a servant. and clean and brighten them. and told him that she had had a very strange dream.' Thereupon he vanished from his sight. Next morning the king sent his people out to seek the track.' But unseen by the king. 'you can return home. for the crafty manikin had just before scattered peas in every street there was. 'At this moment. and now I want to take my revenge. He went to the best inn.' said the king. but they made no track. and the manikin carried in the princess. the door sprang open. Fill your pocket full of peas. and made her pick them up again. if I summon you. 'It is all done. It was only a dream. What further commands has my lord?' inquired the dwarf. they will fall out and leave a track in the streets. but it was . The soldier returned to the town from which he came.' answered the soldier.reappeared.' When she had done this. and do all kinds of menial work. 'and taken into a soldier's room.' The manikin said: 'That is an easy thing for me to do. she shall do servant's work for me. When it was ready and the soldier had taken possession of it. some peas certainly did fall out of her pocket. At night when the sleeping princess was again carried through the streets. he ordered her to come to his chair.' 'The dream may have been true.' said he. When the first cock crowed. and yet I am just as tired as if I really had done everything. only be at hand immediately. but a very dangerous thing for you.' 'Nothing more is needed than that you should light your pipe at the blue light. when the king's daughter is in bed. without opposition.' and then he threw them in her face. and make a small hole in the pocket. he summoned the little black manikin and said: 'I have served the king faithfully. Next morning when the princess arose she went to her father. 'and the witch is already hanging on the gallows. and heard all. for if it is discovered. 'I was carried through the streets with the rapidity of lightning.' 'What am I to do?' asked the little man. 'Late at night. sweep his room. She. and then if you are carried away again. 'get to your work at once! Fetch the broom and sweep the chamber. 'I will give you a piece of advice. clean his boots. the manikin carried her back to the royal palace. bring her here in her sleep. ordered himself handsome clothes. 'Aha! are you there?' cried the soldier. and I will appear before you at once. you will fare ill. the manikin was standing beside him when he said that.

and at night when the soldier again ordered him to bring the princess. he lighted his pipe and summoned the black manikin. and spare not the king who has treated me so ill.' His comrade ran thither and brought him what he wanted. he was standing at the window of his dungeon.' replied the soldier.all in vain. for in every street poor children were sitting.' Then the soldier pulled out his pipe and lighted it at the blue light. the judge condemned him to death. the blue light and the gold. was soon brought back. and as soon as a few wreaths of smoke had ascended.' 'We must think of something else. The king was terrified. darting this way and that way. 'That I may smoke one more pipe on my way. and before you come back from the place where you are taken. hide one of them there. who at the entreaty of the dwarf had gone outside the gate. she hid her shoe under the bed. . he threw himself on the soldier's mercy. and saying: 'It must have rained peas. and his daughter to wife. last night. and though he had done nothing wicked.' The black manikin heard this plot. and told him that he knew of no expedient to counteract this stratagem. but before she went away. and let them do what they will. gave him his kingdom for his own. said to him: 'Be so kind as to fetch me the small bundle I have left lying in the inn. and thrown into prison. and when this man came up. As soon as the soldier was alone again.' said the king. and merely to be allowed to live at all. and that if the shoe were found in the soldier's house it would go badly with him.' answered the king. I will soon contrive to find it.' Then the manikin fell on them like lightning. the manikin was there with a small cudgel in his hand. and had only one ducat in his pocket. and the soldier himself. revealed it to him.' Next day the soldier was tried. and I will give you a ducat for doing it. and did not venture to stir again. The soldier tapped at the pane of glass. 'Do what I bid you. he begged a last favour of the king.' 'You may smoke three. 'keep your shoes on when you go to bed. only take the blue light with you. And now loaded with chains. It was found at the soldier's. 'but do not imagine that I will spare your life. When he was led forth to die. In his flight he had forgotten the most valuable things he had. 'Have no fear. picking up peas. Next morning the king had the entire town searched for his daughter's shoe. and said: 'What does my lord command?' 'Strike down to earth that false judge there. 'Go wheresoever they take you. and whosoever was so much as touched by his cudgel fell to earth. and his constable. when he chanced to see one of his comrades passing by.' said the latter to his master. 'What is it?' asked the king. and again this third night the princess was obliged to work like a servant.

he lay down for a little while. 'Go farther into the wood until you come to a house. and will not be able to help me.' Scarcely were the words out of her mouth. the second by four chestnut. the first day it will be drawn by four white. the old woman met him. however.' 'No. do what she would. but in another minute . Suddenly a feeling of fatigue came over him. wherein lives an old woman. and said: 'I wish you were a raven and would fly away. and drank. and meanwhile the parents could hear nothing of their child. 'If you will not eat anything. and unable to resist it. she opened the window. still too young to run alone. and the last by four black horses. and seeing the ravens flying round the castle. but if you fail to keep awake and I find you sleeping. if you do. however. he went outside into the garden and mounted the tan-heap to await the raven. but am now under the spell of some enchantment. to keep awake. and flew away from her through the open window. you can. the raven said. As it drew towards the appointed hour.' answered the man. When he came to the house and went inside. One day the child was very troublesome.' The man assured her again that he would on no account touch a thing to eat or drink. 'I am by birth a king's daughter.' But she would not leave him alone. and on that you must stand and watch for me.' and at last he allowed himself to be persuaded. and said. one drink counts for nothing. a man was making his way through the wood when he heard a raven calling. when the child in her arms was turned into a raven. She grew impatient. I shall not be set free.THE RAVEN There was once a queen who had a little daughter. As he drew near. set me free. I shall drive there in my carriage at two o'clock in the afternoon for three successive days. but the raven said. The bird took its flight to a dark wood and remained there for a long time. but you must not take of either.' The man promised to do all that she wished. at least you might take a draught of wine. she will offer you food and drink. then I should have a little peace.' 'What am I to do?' he asked. and urged him saying. 'I will neither eat not drink. Long after this. 'Alas! I know even now that you will take something from the woman and be unable to save me. She replied. In the garden behind the house is a large tan-heap. and the mother could not quiet it. you will fall into a deep sleep. fully determined. 'Poor man! how tired you are! Come in and rest and let me give you something to eat and drink. and he followed the sound of the voice.

and when he smelt the wine. she said sorrowfully to herself. and all her efforts to awaken him were of no avail. The next day at noon. on which her name was engraved. as well as her horses. and it was impossible to awaken him.' She went as before to look for him. 'I know he has fallen asleep. He had not been there long before he began to feel so tired that his limbs seemed hardly able to support him. The following day the old woman said to him. she called him and shook him. she laid a letter near him. in which. off her finger. and this time her coachman and everything about her. and throwing himself down. after giving him particulars of the food . but he slept. and some meat. At two o'clock the raven could be seen approaching. 'I know he has fallen asleep. After that she drew a gold ring. he still continued sleeping. She got out of her carriage and went to him.' When she entered the garden. the old woman came to him again with food and drink which he at first refused. he lifted the glass and drank again. and he fell into such a deep sleep. that however much he took of them. and put it upon one of his.' She found him sleeping heavily. 'I may not and will not either eat or drink. As the raven drove along her four chestnut horses. of such a kind. so again he lay down and fell fast asleep. they would never grow less. At two o'clock the raven came driving along. he was unable to resist the temptation. were black. fast asleep. drawn by her four white horses. She was sadder than ever as she drove along. Then she placed beside him a loaf.' But she put down the dish of food and the glass of wine in front of him. she said to herself. 'What is this? You are not eating or drinking anything. overcome by her persistent entreaties that he would take something. he slept like a log. Finally. and took a deep draught. and a flask of wine. and will not be able to set me free. lying on the tan-heap. 'I know he has fallen asleep. Towards two o'clock he went into the garden and on to the tan-heap to watch for the raven. and he could not stand upright any longer. there she found him as she had feared. do you want to kill yourself?' He answered. but even before she reached the spot. that all the noises in the world would not have awakened him. and said mournfully. sighing. At last. but he felt even more overcome with weariness than on the two previous days. but it was all in vain. When the hour came round again he went as usual on to the tan-heap in the garden to await the king's daughter.his eyes closed of their own accord.

The man now thought he should like to continue his journey. but he had no idea in which direction he ought to go. and worn out he lay down under a bush and fell asleep. were still unconsumed. she finished with the following words: 'I see that as long as you remain here you will never be able to set me free. for the castle was not marked even on these.' So they went indoors together and sat down.' She then returned to her carriage and drove to the golden castle of Stromberg.' So he fetched his map. on it are marked all the towns. which although he had eaten and drunk of them. this is well within your power to accomplish. you still wish to do so. He rose up without delay. and looked for the castle. from the contrast of its height with that of an immense giant who stood in front of it. come to the golden castle of Stromberg. for I have not had anything to eat for a long time. he was grieved at heart. he read the letter. 'I have larger maps upstairs in the cupboard. 'I will look on my map. after a while he summoned up courage and went forward. if. and that evening. villages. He found that the light came from a house which looked smaller than it really was. He travelled about a long time in search of it and came at last to a dark forest.' he said. Again the next day he pursued his way through the forest.' but they searched in vain. When he had finished his supper the man asked him if he could direct him to the castle of Stromberg. through which he went on walking for fourteen days and still could not find a way out. 'Never mind. but could not find it. he called out.' said the man.and drink she had left for him. meat. 'She has no doubt been here and driven away again.' 'I would rather you let that alone. if you are wanting food I have enough to satisfy your hunger. When the giant saw him. 'If the giant sees me going in. The giant said. thinking to rest again. we will look on those. He thought to himself.' replied the giant.' However. 'It is lucky for that you have come. he lay down as before. I only thought of eating you because I had nothing else. but the giant begged him to remain for a day or two longer until the return of his brother. my life will not be worth much. and houses. and the man brought out the bread.' Then his eyes fell on the things which were lying beside him. and wine. eager to start on his way and to reach the castle of Stromberg. but he heard such a howling and wailing that he found it impossible to sleep. and ate and drank to his heart's content. 'I will leave you in peace. I can have you now for my supper.' 'If that is so. and said. he went towards it. and then seeing a little glimmer ahead of him. who was . and knew from it all that had happened. He waited till it was darker and people had begun to light up their houses. Once more the night came on. however. When the man awoke and found that he had been sleeping. 'for I do not willingly give myself up to be eaten. The giant was pleased with the good cheer. and it is now too late for me to save her.

A third time he called out. One of them said that he had found a stick. the man said. Then he fetched other older maps. 'I will remain here and wait for her. and again they paused and looked about. I must then return to look after the child who is in our care.' The robbers. 'You will be able to walk the remainder of the way yourself. for that I have not got. 'God be with you. and they went on looking for the castle until at last they found it. When the brother came home. Another told him that he had found a cloak which rendered its wearer invisible. carried the man to within about a hundred leagues of the castle. but seeing no one went back to their fighting. but still was unable to get nearer to her. and longed to get to the top of the mountain. 'and I will carry you into the neighbourhood of the castle. when he had finished his supper. On hearing this. but the castle was not to be found. on a glass mountain. but looking round and seeing nobody. however. and the third had caught a horse which would carry its rider over any obstacle. and even up the glass mountain. and every day he saw the king's daughter driving round her castle.' and then thinking he should like to know the cause of dispute between the three men. and looking up from the foot he saw the enchanted maiden drive round her castle and then go inside. and handed him the stick and the cloak.' The giant.' said the giant. they asked him about the castle of Stromberg. and when he had put this round him he was no longer . he went out and asked them why they were fighting so angrily with one another. or whether they would separate. 'God be with you. When he saw that it was impossible to reach her. and it immediately flew open. Looking out from his hut one day he saw three robbers fighting and he called out to them. but something that is of far more value. saying. prove whether all you have told me about your three things is true. and there he sat and watched for a whole year. they all went up together to his room and looked through his maps. Accordingly. therefore. but it was many thousand miles away.' The man journeyed on day and night till he reached the golden castle of Stromberg. but the sides were so slippery that every time he attempted to climb he fell back again. 'I will give you something in exchange for those three things.away in search of provisions. They had been unable to decide whether they would keep together and have the things in common. and he told them he would look on his own maps as soon as he had eaten and appeased his hunger. and said to himself. He found it situated. made him get on the horse.' so he built himself a little hut. not money. they went on again with their fighting. I must first. 'I have two hours to spare. He was overjoyed to see her. where he left him. he was greatly grieved. however. 'God be with you.' They stopped when they heard the call. 'How shall I be able to get there?' asked the man. thereupon. which now became more furious.' he cried again. and that he had but to strike it against any door through which he wished to pass.

and tomorrow we will celebrate our marriage. He mounted the steps and entered the room where the maiden was sitting.' and he left the little man standing and went on. And this was the little grey man's doing. and the axe cut him in the arm. After this the second son went into the forest. and let me have a draught of your wine. I shall have none for myself. and before he went his mother gave him a beautiful sweet cake and a bottle of wine in order that he might not suffer from hunger or thirst. I am so hungry and thirsty. Then he fell upon them with the stick and beat them one after another. and she kissed him. it was not long before he made a false stroke. and said. and threw it into the goblet. so that he had to go home and have it bound up. 'and if that is so the man must also be here who is coming to set me free. mocked. crying. He took the ring which she had given him off his finger. When therefore she came to the castle gate she saw him. but he gave it a blow with his stick.visible. the youngest of whom was called Dummling. like the eldest. and cried aloud for joy. 'Now you have indeed set me free. She could not see him for he still wore his cloak. and it flew wide open at once and he passed through. you have got what you deserve. But when he began to hew down a tree. It happened that the eldest wanted to go into the forest to hew wood. and his mother gave him. and said: 'Do give me a piece of cake out of your pocket.' THE GOLDEN GOOSE There was a man who had three sons.' She sought for him about the castle. he found it closed. you idle vagabonds. a cake and a bottle of wine. 'That is my own ring. be off with you. The little old grey man . 'There.' she exclaimed. Then he dismounted and took her in his arms. so that it rang as it touched the bottom. When he entered the forest he met a little grey-haired old man who bade him good day. When he reached the gate of the castle. with a golden goblet full of wine in front of her. and sneered at on every occasion.' But the clever son answered: 'If I give you my cake and wine. but could find him nowhere.[*] and was despised. are you satisfied now!' After this he rode up the glass mountain. Meanwhile he had gone outside again and mounted his horse and thrown off the cloak.

for goodness' sake keep away!' But she did not understand why she was to keep away.' His mother gave him a cake made with water and baked in the cinders. so that he had to be carried home. said sensibly enough: 'What I give you will be taken away from myself. and you will find something at the roots.' and ran to them. she remained sticking fast to her. and after that the little man said: 'Since you have a good heart. it was a fine sweet cake. Now the host had three daughters. I will give you good luck. When he came to the forest the little old grey man met him likewise. and when it fell there was a goose sitting in the roots with feathers of pure gold.' So they sat down. leave it alone. cut it down. But the second son. The second came soon afterwards. 'The others are there.' and as soon as Dummling had gone out she seized the goose by the wing. I am so hungry and thirsty.' Then the little man took leave of him.' she thought. we will sit down and eat. and when Dummling pulled out his cinder-cake. and the others screamed out: 'Keep away. and taking her with him. but as soon as she had touched her sister. said: 'Give me a piece of your cake and a drink out of your bottle. So they ate and drank. and asked him for a piece of cake and a drink of wine. So they had to spend the night with the goose. but her finger and hand remained sticking fast to it. thinking only of how she might get a feather for herself. if that pleases you. The eldest thought: 'I shall soon find an opportunity of pulling out a feather.' Dummling answered: 'I have only cinder-cake and sour beer. His punishment. and with it a bottle of sour beer. There stands an old tree. and are willing to divide what you have. do let me go and cut wood. however.met him likewise. and the sour beer had become good wine. . you do not understand anything about it. when he had made a few blows at the tree he struck himself in the leg. and would have liked to have one of its golden feathers. but she had scarcely touched her sister than she was held fast. He lifted her up. Then Dummling said: 'Father. Dummling went and cut down the tree. who saw the goose and were curious to know what such a wonderful bird might be. be off!' and he left the little man standing and went on. 'I may as well be there too. and greeting him. At last the third also came with the like intent.' The father answered: 'Your brothers have hurt themselves with it. was not delayed. too. went to an inn where he thought he would stay the night.' But Dummling begged so long that at last he said: 'Just go then. you will get wiser by hurting yourself.

he went with his goose and all her train before the king's daughter. and was himself obliged to run behind. Whilst the five were trotting thus one behind the other. she began to laugh quite loudly. Thereupon Dummling asked to have her for his wife. Dummling asked him what he was taking to heart so sorely. now left. but as soon as he touched her he likewise stuck fast. running behind three girls. two labourers came with their hoes from the fields. They were obliged to run after him continually. wherever his legs took him. you good-for-nothing girls. a barrel of wine I have just emptied. where a king ruled who had a daughter who was so serious that no one could make her laugh.' He led him into the king's cellar. but that to me is like a drop on a hot stone!' 'There. He was astonished at this and called out: 'Hi! your reverence. he saw a man sitting. who had a very sorrowful face. and as soon as she saw the seven people running on and on. but the king did not like the son-in-law. so he went into the forest. When Dummling heard this. but was also held fast to it. and now there were seven of them running behind Dummling and the goose. and when he saw the procession he said: 'For shame. 'just come with me and you shall be satisfied. and the man bent over the huge . who could certainly help him.The next morning Dummling took the goose under his arm and set out.' said Dummling. In the middle of the fields the parson met them. the parson. and in the same place where he had felled the tree. So he had put forth a decree that whosoever should be able to make her laugh should marry her. whither away so quickly? Do not forget that we have a christening today!' and running after him he took him by the sleeve. But they had scarcely touched the sexton when they were held fast. now right. and as if she would never stop. Dummling thought of the little grey man. one behind the other. and he answered: 'I have such a great thirst and cannot quench it. without troubling himself about the three girls who were hanging on to it. cold water I cannot stand. Soon afterwards he came to a city. I can help you. Before long the sexton came by and saw his master. the parson called out to them and begged that they would set him and the sexton free. why are you running across the fields after this young man? Is that seemly?' At the same time he seized the youngest by the hand in order to pull her away. and made all manner of excuses and said he must first produce a man who could drink a cellarful of wine.

and I do all this because you once were kind to me. but the king again sought a way out. and after the king's death. and saying: 'I have eaten a whole ovenful of rolls. but what good is that when one has such a hunger as I? My stomach remains empty. If he could have a . 'you shall have my daughter for wife. in a country a great way off. and making an awful face. should take away his daughter. where in the same place there sat a man who was tying up his body with a strap.' At this Dummling was glad.' said the little old man. he could no longer prevent him from having his daughter. there reigned. 'I know what would. began to eat. The wedding was celebrated.barrels. whom everyone called Dummling. Dummling inherited his kingdom and lived for a long time contentedly with his wife. They told him that their father was very ill. Then Dummling for the third time asked for his bride. 'As soon as you come sailing back in it. and when the king saw that. Then Dummling asked once more for his bride. and before the day was out he had emptied all the barrels. and that they were afraid nothing could save him. and as they were walking together very mournfully in the garden of the palace.' said he. When he heard what Dummling wanted. Dummling did not think long. and by the end of one day the whole mountain had vanished. His sons were very much grieved at their father's sickness.' Dummling went straight into the forest. and ordered a ship which could sail on land and on water. 'it is the Water of Life.' He led him to the king's palace where all the flour in the whole Kingdom was collected. and he made a new condition. The man from the forest stood before it. I will give you the ship. he said: 'Since you have given me to eat and to drink. This king once fell very ill--so ill that nobody thought he could live. you shall eat yourself full.' Then he gave him the ship which could sail on land and water. and there sat the little grey man to whom he had given his cake. and I must tie myself up if I am not to die of hunger. but the king was vexed that such an ugly fellow. and drank and drank till his loins hurt. he must first find a man who could eat a whole mountain of bread. a little old man met them and asked what was the matter. and said: 'Get up and come with me. and from it he caused a huge mountain of bread to be baked. a king who had three sons. [*] Simpleton THE WATER OF LIFE Long before you or I were born. but went straight into the forest.

overhung with rocks and woods. and as he looked around.draught of it he would be well again. Thus it is with proud silly people. who think themselves above everyone else. 'No. as it was the only thing that could save him. 'If I bring my father this water. and said. and found that the path was closed behind him. he saw standing above him on one of the rocks a little ugly dwarf. so that he was shut in all round. But the dwarf was enraged at his behaviour. and he. 'My brother is surely dead. who stopped him at the same spot in the mountains. whither so fast?' 'Mind your own affairs. with a sugarloaf cap and a scarlet cloak. but again the laugh rang in his ears. and the dwarf met him too at the same spot in the valley. and at last the way was so straitened that he could not go to step forward: and when he thought to have turned his horse round and go back the way he came.' Then he set out: and when he had gone on his way some time he came to a deep valley. 'Prince. When the second prince had thus been gone a long time. so that as he rode on the mountain pass became narrower and narrower. and rode on. and met with the same elf. he heard a loud laugh ringing round him. I will go in search of the Water of Life. 'I will soon find it': and he went to the sick king. too. and the prince thought to himself. 'I had rather die than place you in such great danger as you must meet with in your journey. and rode on. So he set out. and the dwarf called to him and said. and trusted he should soon be able to make his father well again. you ugly imp?' said the prince haughtily. prince.' The king was at first very unwilling to let him go. and laid a fairy spell of ill-luck upon him. Meantime the old king was lingering on in daily hope of his son's return. he will make me sole heir to his kingdom.' But he begged so hard that the king let him go. 'Prince. till at last the second son said. 'Father. and he found himself unable to move a step. and are too proud to ask or take advice. but it is very hard to get.' Then the eldest son said. was at last obliged to take up his abode in the heart of the mountains. saying. as before. and the kingdom will fall to me if I find the water. 'Prince. and thus he was forced to abide spellbound. and begged that he might go in search of the Water of Life. whither so fast?' And the prince said. busybody!' said the prince scornfully. He next tried to get off his horse and make his way on foot.' said the king.' For he thought to himself. So he set out and followed the same road which his brother had done. but at last yielded to his wish. 'I am going in . among the mountains. the youngest son said he would go and search for the Water of Life. whither so fast?' 'What is that to thee. But the dwarf put the same spell upon him as he put on his elder brother.

and hastened to get away in time. which he also took. and it will open: two hungry lions will be lying down inside gaping for their prey. that he would rest himself for a while. and took the wand and the bread. and as he was going on his way homewards. Then she told him that the well that held the Water of Life was in the palace gardens. till he came to his journey's end. Pray tell me if you know. and he thought to himself.' 'Then as you have spoken to me kindly. and said. and are wise enough to seek for advice. and like to die: can you help me? Pray be kind. and as he walked through beautiful gardens he came to a delightful shady spot in which stood a couch. then he pulled off their rings and put them on his own fingers. and gaze on the lovely scenes around him. if he would come back in a year and marry her. Further on he came to a room where a beautiful young lady sat upon a couch. then hasten on to the well. that you may be able to reach it in safety. I will tell you how and where to go. filled a cup that was standing by him full of water. Around it he saw several knights sitting in a trance. for if you tarry longer the door will shut upon you for ever. when he saw the sword and the loaf.search of the Water of Life. Just as he was going out of the iron door it struck twelve. said. and found everything to be as the dwarf had told him. and the door fell so quickly upon him that it snapped off a piece of his heel. In another room he saw on a table a sword and a loaf of bread.' Then the prince thought . and bade him make haste. but if you throw them the bread they will let you pass. 'You have made a noble prize. Then he sprang from the couch dreadfully frightened. and the bread will never fail you. and when the lions were quieted he went on through the castle and came at length to a beautiful hall. I will give you an iron wand and two little loaves of bread. So he laid himself down. and. because my father is ill. who.' said the prince. he passed by the little dwarf. so that he did not wake up till the clock was striking a quarter to twelve. He walked on. ran to the well. When he found himself safe.' Then the prince thanked his little friend with the scarlet cloak for his friendly aid. and sleep fell upon him unawares. The door flew open at the third stroke of the wand. the kingdom should be his. as he felt tired. The water you seek springs from a well in an enchanted castle. 'No. and draw what he wanted before the clock struck twelve. with the sword you can at a blow slay whole armies. strike the iron door of the castle three times with the wand. he was overjoyed to think that he had got the Water of Life. and take some of the Water of Life before the clock strikes twelve. and she welcomed him joyfully. if he would set her free from the spell that bound her. and aid me if you can!' 'Do you know where it is to be found?' asked the dwarf. 'I do not. and went travelling on and on. over sea and over land.

Pray. and blamed the youngest for what they had done.' Their brother. and said. Then they went to their brother. however. and if you tell tales. giving him bitter sea-water instead. so he said. In the same manner he befriended two other countries through which they passed on their way. and then to marry him. 'My dear friend.' said the dwarf. but that they had found the Water of Life. that the dwarf at last set them free. and then both the elder sons came in. was greatly rejoiced to see them. however. and poured the Water of Life out of the cup. the youngest son brought his cup to the sick king. and agreed together how they could ruin him. so they were full of envy and revenge. with all your cleverness. and we will let you off. 'because they were proud and ill-behaved. which is our right'. 'Our brother has got the water which we could not find. that he might drink and be healed. And he lent the king the wonderful sword. so that it was feared all must die for want. and to give him the kingdom.' . He no sooner began to drink of what they brought him. 'Beware of them. how he had found the Water of Life. you found the Water of Life. and took it for themselves. and thus the kingdom was once more in peace and plenty. and never came back?' 'I have shut them up by a charm between two mountains. and was as strong and well as in his younger days. for they have bad hearts. Scarcely. and all his kingdom ate of it. and said that he wanted to poison their father. though unwillingly. saying. for he does not believe a word you say. and he slew the enemy's army with it. if you do not take care. and on their way home came to a country that was laid waste by war and a dreadful famine. therefore our father will forsake us and give him the kingdom. 'Well. who set out in search of the Water of Life before me. they got into a ship and during their voyage the two eldest said to themselves. and laughed at him. 'I cannot go home to my father without my brothers'. and had taken a cup full of it. and had brought it with them. But the prince gave the king of the land the bread. had he tasted the bitter sea-water when he became worse even than he was before. did you? You have had the trouble and we shall have the reward.to himself. and told them all that had happened to him. brother. than he felt his sickness leave him. and how she had engaged to wait a whole year. You had better say nothing about this to our father. When they came to the sea. Then they waited till he was fast asleep. why did not you manage to keep your eyes open? Next year one of us will take away your beautiful princess. you shall lose your life into the bargain: but be quiet. When they came to their journey's end. cannot you tell me where my two brothers are. and scorned to ask advice. and how he had set a beautiful princess free from a spell that bound her. Then they all three rode on together.' The prince begged so hard for his brothers.

and thought that he really meant to have taken away his life. and told her courtiers that whoever came on horseback. was her true lover. and brought home his royal coat. This touched the old king's heart. and made it known thoughout all his kingdom. and they were alone in the wood together. for I will forgive you. and say that he was the one who had set her free. and that they must let him in: but whoever rode on one side of it. Meanwhile the princess was eagerly waiting till her deliverer should come back. and all agreed that he ought to be put to death. and the kingdom with her. 'I am sure I shall be glad to save you. and went away through the wood.The old king was still very angry with his youngest son. and said. for I could not have shot you. but let him go in peace. 'O that my son were still alive! how it grieves me that I had him killed!' 'He is still alive. and that he should have her for his wife. he could not be what he said he was. Some time after. when the eldest brother thought that he would make haste to go to the princess. and he thought his son might still be guiltless. and said. with rich gifts of gold and precious stones for his youngest son. 'My friend. As he came before the palace and saw the golden road. and gave him the shabby one.' said he. and that they must send him away at once. and rode straight up to the gate upon it.' 'Alas!' said the huntsman. 'It is a pity to ride upon this beautiful road'. and do not think I shall be angry. and asked what should be done.' 'With all my heart. three grand embassies came to the old king's court. they must be sure was not the right one. he stopped to look at it. the guards. 'Only tell me what it is.' said the huntsman. 'Let me live. But the prince begged very hard. till one day. what is the matter with you?' 'I cannot and dare not tell you. and do you give me your shabby one. and he thought to himself. The prince knew nothing of what was going on. in order to rid them of their enemy and feed their people.' Then he took the prince's coat. so he called his court together. and must go about his business. now all these were sent from the three kings to whom he had lent his sword and loaf of bread. so he turned aside and rode on the right-hand side of it. and I will change dresses with you.' The prince started at this. 'and I am glad that I had pity on him. . the huntsman looked so sorrowful that the prince said. when the king's chief huntsmen went a-hunting with him. you shall take my royal coat to show to my father. But when he came to the gate.' said the huntsman.' At this the king was overwhelmed with joy. that if his son would come back to his court he would forgive him. The time soon came. 'the king has ordered me to shoot you. said to him. and had a road made leading up to her palace all of shining gold. who had seen the road he took. and said to his court.

and said to himself. But when he came to the gate the guards said he was not the true prince. the latter was . Now when the full year was come round. the princess told him she had heard of his father having forgiven him. and that he too must go away about his business. THE TWELVE HUNTSMEN There was once a king's son who had a bride whom he loved very much. and desired to see him once again before his end. the third brother left the forest in which he had lain hid for fear of his father's anger. and the princess welcomed him with joy. And the old king was very angry. And feasted and frolick'd I can't tell how long. he went to visit his father. and wanted to punish his wicked sons. and said he was her deliverer. and his horse had set one foot upon it.The second prince set out soon afterwards on the same errand. came at once on the summons. but went with his horse straight over it. thinking of her all the way. When the first joy at their meeting was over. and when he came to the golden road. and asked all his kingdom to come and celebrate the wedding of his son and the princess. And young and old. and where they went to nobody knew and nobody cared. taking her with him. So he journeyed on. with the sugarloaf hat. and rode so quickly that he did not even see what the road was made of. And now the old king gathered together his court. and of his wish to have him home again: so. Then he said to his beloved: 'I must now go and leave you. before his wedding with the princess. how his brothers had cheated and robbed him. he stopped to look at it. and thought it very beautiful. And all the good people they danced and they sung.' So he rode away. and a new scarlet cloak. And the wedding was held. and as he came to the gate it flew open. and the merry bells run. and got into a ship and sailed away over the wide sea. and away he went. and set out in search of his betrothed bride. and should now be her husband and lord of the kingdom. and yet that he had borne all those wrongs for the love of his father. gentle and simple. And when he was sitting beside her and very happy. I will return and fetch you. When I am king. noble and squire. 'What a pity it is that anything should tread here!' Then he too turned aside and rode on the left side of it. and among the rest came the friendly dwarf. and when he reached his father. Then he told him everything. news came that his father lay sick unto death. but they made their escape. I give you a ring as a remembrance of me.

When therefore the son had been proclaimed king.' and he named a certain king's daughter who was to be his wife. and rode away with them. Then her father said to her: 'Dearest child. your desire shall be fulfilled. and said: 'The lion wants to make the king believe that you are girls. all alike. Thereupon she took her leave of her father.' answered the lion. your will shall be done. why are you so sad? You shall have whatsoever you will. figure. and the peas roll about. There was. 'and then you will soon see. Men have a firm step.' and he caused a search to be made in his whole kingdom. he said: 'Yes.dangerously ill.' She thought for a moment and said: 'Dear father. and if he would take all of them into his service. The king. and now they were the king's twelve huntsmen. however. had a lion which was a wondrous animal.' said the king. and the eleven maidens had to put on the huntsmen's clothes.' The father said: 'If it be possible. he was forced to keep the promise which he had given his father. but as they were such handsome fellows. When they came to the king's daughter. and near his death. but girls trip and skip. and said: 'Yes. 'they are twelve huntsmen. and when they walk over peas none of them stir. It came to pass that one evening he said to the king: 'You think you have twelve huntsmen?' 'Yes.' The king was well pleased with the counsel.' The lion continued: 'You are mistaken. for he knew all concealed and secret things. and size. dear father. however. and step firmly on the peas. until eleven young maidens were found who exactly resembled his daughter in face. and she was promised to him. whom she loved so dearly. and caused the peas to be strewn. The son was in such trouble that he did not think what he was doing. The king looked at her and did not know her. Then she asked if he required any huntsmen. figure. He said to him: 'Dear son. and caused the king's daughter to be asked in marriage. and rode to the court of her former betrothed. and died. and drag their feet. I wish for eleven girls exactly like myself in face.' and thereupon the king shut his eyes. and she herself put on the twelfth suit. and said to her maidens: 'Show some strength. promise me to marry as I wish. His first betrothed heard of this. just let some peas be strewn in the ante-chamber. I wished to see you once again before my end. and the time of mourning was over. and fretted so much about his faithfulness that she nearly died. and size.' and that he would willingly take them. a servant of the king's who favoured the huntsmen.' Then the king's daughter thanked him.' The king said: 'That cannot be true! How will you prove that to me?' 'Oh. they are twelve girls. she had twelve suits of huntsmen's clothes made. and when he heard that they were going to be put to this test he went to them and repeated everything.' .

they went through the ante-chamber. and entreated her to return to her own kingdom. and drew his glove off. they are men. a son. after all. He had two richly laden ships then making a voyage upon the seas.So next morning when the king had the twelve huntsmen called before him. When the true bride heard that. THE KING OF THE GOLDEN MOUNTAIN There was once a merchant who had only one child. Thereupon the wedding was celebrated. But the servant. The king thought something had happened to his dear huntsman. and they will go to them and be pleased with them. Then his heart was so touched that he kissed her.' The lion replied: 'They have restrained themselves. Then he saw the ring which he had given to his first bride. Then the king again said to the lion: 'You have deceived me.' The king. they walk just like men.' The king liked the advice. would no longer believe the lion. who was well disposed to the huntsmen. however. went to them. and I am yours. and barely able to run alone. and when he looked in her face he recognized her.' And next morning when the king had his twelve huntsmen summoned. for they have not looked at the spinning-wheels. and that is what no man would do. The twelve huntsmen always followed the king to the chase. Just let twelve spinning-wheels be brought into the ante-chamber. they stepped so firmly on them. and the lion was again taken into favour. and his liking for them continually increased. and had the spinning-wheels placed in the ante-chamber. wanted to help him. and when she opened her eyes he said: 'You are mine. and she fell fainting to the ground. and do not look round at the spinning-wheels. . he had told the truth. and the king said to the lion: 'You have lied to me. and had such a strong. and disclosed the project. sure walk. that was very young. that not one of the peas either rolled or stirred. because. So when they were alone the king's daughter said to her eleven girls: 'Show some constraint. and no one in the world can alter that.' He sent a messenger to the other bride. it hurt her so much that her heart was almost broken. and someone who had just found an old key did not require a new one. and never once looked at the spinning-wheels. news came that the king's bride was approaching. for he had a wife already. in which he had embarked all his wealth. and they came into the ante-chamber where the peas were lying. Then they went away again. and have assumed some strength.' The lion said: 'They have been informed that they were going to be put to the test. Now it came to pass that once when they were out hunting. ran up to him.

' said the merchant. and was like to be. 'only undertake to bring me here. Meantime little Heinel grew up. and laid fast hold of his legs. Then Heinel said. he saw a large pile of gold lying on the floor. friend. his little boy was so glad to see him that he crept behind him. About a month afterwards he went upstairs into a lumber-room to look for some old iron. and as the end of the twelve years drew near the merchant began to call to mind his bond. At the sight of this he was overjoyed. but forgot his little boy Heinel. and forgetting all about his son. trembling with fear and horror. that he might sell it and raise a little money. 'Oh. and signed and sealed the bond to do what was asked of him. One day. and that. and there. as he was roaming along in a brown study. when the money came. and there he often went in an evening to take his walk. and I will give you as much as you please.' Then the merchant told him how all his wealth was gone to the bottom of the sea. why so sorrowful?' said he to the merchant. he said that he had. that it would most likely be his dog or his cat. but his father would not tell for some time. he should see the bearer. give yourself very little trouble about that. at any rate. Thus from being a rich man he became all at once so very poor that nothing was left to him but one small plot of land. 'Who knows but I may?' said the little man: 'tell me what ails you. rough-looking. all on a sudden there stood before him a little. when the news came that both were lost. instead of his iron. and perhaps you will find I may be of some use. ugly-looking. so he agreed to the bargain. The boy one day asked what was the matter. 'Father. 'what is it you take so deeply to heart?' 'If you would do me any good I would willingly tell you.in the hope of making great gains. black dwarf. or something of that sort. and became a richer merchant than before. and that the twelve years were coming round when he must keep his word. Then the father started. he made himself easy by thinking that it was only a joke that the dwarf was playing him. and would not take it in. went into trade again. 'Prithee. and ease his mind of a little of his trouble. twelve years hence.' The merchant thought this was no great thing to ask. black dwarf. sold him for gold to a little. whatever meets you first on your going home. and saw what it was that he had bound himself to do. without knowing it. but as no gold was come. at last. and how he had nothing left but that little plot of land. I shall be . and looked up in his face and laughed. and became very sad and thoughtful. But as he drew near home.' said the dwarf. thinking with no great comfort on what he had been and what he now was. trouble not yourself about that. however. so that care and sorrow were written upon his face.

' 'You have cheated and taken in my father. and soon raised the boat up again. that was fond of him.' said he to himself. to make a sort of drawn battle of the matter. and went home very sorrowful. for it was enchanted. and left to the bad or good luck of wind and weather.' So he once more searched the whole palace through. or dared not. so be so good as to let me have what I paid it for. did not sink. not with you.too much for the little man. and let us talk it over. for the good fairy took care of her friend. At last the boy said to him. lying coiled up on a cushion in one of the chambers. they came to terms. Then at last. my friend.' said Heinel. 'Have you brought me what you said you would?' said the dwarf to the merchant. after a long talk. however. The young man sat safe within.' 'Fair and softly.' The old man grinned. that the father should push him off with his own hand. and it fell with one side low in the water.' When the time came. thinking that at any rate he had had his revenge. I have paid my money. As he jumped upon the shore he saw before him a beautiful castle but empty and dreary within. on the other hand. and walked round and round about the circle. and spent it. So. and he did not choose to be given up to his hump-backed friend. The old man held his tongue. The boat. 'Here. and that so far the dwarf should have his way: but. . jump over it. it was settled that Heinel should be put into an open boat. 'right is right. and he either could not. and your father has had it. 'What do you want here?' The dwarf said. while the dwarf went his way. but Heinel said again. 'Have you anything to say to us. and that he should thus be set adrift. the father and son went out together to the place agreed upon: and the son drew a circle on the ground. as if he should have been very glad to get into the circle if he could.' said the son. 'I come to talk with your father. 'must I find the prize the good fairy told me of.' said the little old man. for this fairy knew what good luck was in store for him. and set himself and his father in the middle of it. 'pray give him up his bond at once. and it went safely on. if he followed his own course. that lay on the sea-shore hard by. but before it got far off a wave struck it. the fairy had told Heinel what fortune was in store for him. Then he took leave of his father. and had told him what to do. The little black dwarf soon came. 'so please to step in here. but could not find any way to get into it. so the merchant thought that poor Heinel was lost. till at length it ran ashore upon an unknown land. Heinel agreed that his father must give him up. and set himself in the boat. and showed his teeth.' 'You must have my consent to that first. who seemed so anxious for his company. till at last he found a white snake. or what do you want?' Now Heinel had found a friend in a good fairy.

and will come and bring you the Water of Life. but give no answer. where a shepherd dwelt.Now the white snake was an enchanted princess. whip. who he knew was long since dead: and as he was only dressed like a poor shepherd. and said. only promise never to make use of it to bring me hence to your father's house. or torment you--bear all. 'Is there no mark by which you would know me if I am really your son?' 'Yes. and put the ring on his finger. Joy and gladness burst forth throughout the castle. and she was very glad to see him. and I shall be free. who will even cut off your head. 'our Heinel had a mark like a raspberry on his right arm. and forgetting .' Then he said he would do what she asked. and bring you back to life and health.' said his mother. but the guards would not let him go in.' And all came to pass as she had said. and the queen had a son. But the merchant said. and put it on your finger. and said. when the king thought of his father. and he was crowned king of the Golden Mountain. he must be a fine king truly who travels about in a shepherd's frock!' At this the son was vexed. and let them do what they will--beat. pinch. and wished himself near the town where his father lived. still vowed that he was his son. but at the twelfth hour of that night their power is gone. and he began to long to see him once again. and said he had had but one son. The second night twelve others will come: and the third night twenty-four. 'I know well that misfortunes will come upon us if you go. for you alone can save me. 'that can never be true. and at twelve o'clock they must go away. They lived together very happily. At his going away she gave him a wishing-ring. and said. and borrowed his old frock. only speak not a word. he gave her no rest till she agreed. his poor Heinel. But the queen was against his going. 'Are you at last come to set me free? Twelve long years have I waited here for the fairy to bring you hither as she promised. 'Take this ring. the wedding was celebrated. And thus eight years had passed over their heads. and spoke not a word. because he was so strangely clad. and they will be dressed in chain armour. however. When he came to his father's house.' However. and thus passed unknown into the town. They will ask what you do here. and fell on his neck and kissed him. and the third night the princess came. He next told them how he was king of the Golden Mountain. but the merchant would not believe him. Heinel bore all. So he went up to a neighbouring hill. and was married to a princess. Heinel found himself at the gates in a moment.' Then he showed them the mark. and had a son seven years old. This night twelve men will come: their faces will be black. he said he was his son. prick. and said. The king. and they knew that what he had said was true. whatever you wish it will bring you. he would not even give him anything to eat. and will wash you with it.

and was only thinking how she should punish him. "Heads off!" for if you do we are all dead men. he wished himself at the Golden Mountain. 'they would say I am a sorcerer: I will journey forth into the world. and as they saw him pass they cried out and said. and the moment he had all three in his power. 'Little men have sharp wits. 'I am very much tired. 'was I not once set free? Why then does this enchantment . He did all he could to soothe her. but the queen wept. or gave him any form he pleased. and said he had broken his word.' As soon as he had fallen asleep.' said he: 'now give me the sword. and bad luck would follow. and he wished himself a fly. Heinel said they must first let him try these wonderful things. 'Heads off!'. turned his ring. and passed through the castle hall. and she went into her chamber alone. 'not unless you undertake not to say.his word. Then he threw his cloak around him. where no one saw him. and in a moment he was a fly.' Now there was a sword that cut off an enemy's head whenever the wearer gave the words. 'I can never go back to my father's house.' 'No. So the giants were left behind with no goods to share or quarrel about. and wished herself and her son at home in their kingdom. he shall part the goods between us. I will rest my head in your lap. he took it away and ate it himself. and placed himself by the side of the queen. sit by me. and wished for his queen and son. her plate and cup were always empty. and saw that the ring was gone from his finger. and sleep a while. Then he sat himself down. and a pair of boots that carried the wearer wherever he wished. He next asked for the boots also. though they kept on giving her meat and drink. however. and thus.' said they. a cloak that made the owner invisible.' So they gave it him. till I come again to my kingdom. but she was not so in truth. and he followed her there. And when he awoke he found himself alone.' said he. Upon this. he took it and drank it. and crept softly away. then he might know how to set a value upon them. 'Alas!' said she to herself. charging him to try it on a tree. and sat there weeping. where three giants were sharing their father's goods. and she at last seemed to be appeased. and said. and when a glass of wine was handed to her. fear and remorse came over her. One day he took her to walk with him out of the town. As Heinel came near his castle he heard the sound of merry music. and there he was at once. 'The cloak is very well. Then they gave him the cloak. But when anything to eat was put upon her plate. In an instant they stood before him.' So saying he set out and travelled till he came to a hill. and the people around told him that his queen was about to marry another husband. she drew the ring from his finger. and showed her the spot where the boat was set adrift upon the wide waters.

drove out to the village. and they all drove away together. and would willingly have been a doctor too. DOCTOR KNOWALL There was once upon a time a poor peasant called Crabb. but not long. 'Oh. in the second.' 'What must I do?' asked the peasant. he would enter into no parley with them. turn your cart and your two oxen into money. and when the peasant saw how well he ate and drank. too. 'In the first place buy yourself an A B C book of the kind which has a cock on the frontispiece. However. and at length inquired if he too could not be a doctor. and with the word the traitors' heads fell before him. When he had doctored people awhile. but only asked them if they would go in peace or not. and he is now near thee again. But the princes. but how have you used him? Ought he to have had such treatment from thee?' Then he went out and sent away the company. have a sign painted for yourself with the words: "I am Doctor Knowall. The servant. it so happened that the doctor was sitting at table." and have that nailed up above your house-door. my wife.' The lord was willing. When they came to the nobleman's castle. he said. And when the first servant came with a dish of delicate fare. and great men mocked at him. peers.still seem to bind me?' 'False and fickle one!' said he. Then he was told about Doctor Knowall who lived in such and such a village. and get yourself some clothes. and said: 'Grete. Then he was to go with him and bring back the stolen money.' said he. 'Heads Off!' cried he. 'Yes. and Crabb was told to sit down and eat. When the money was being counted out to him. and must know what had become of the money.' meaning that was the servant who brought the first dish.' said the doctor.' The peasant did everything that he had been told to do. a rich and great lord had some money stolen. Then they turned upon him and tried to seize him. yes. and asked Crabb if he were Doctor Knowall. but Grete. the peasant nudged his wife. So he remained standing a while. and Heinel was once more king of the Golden Mountain. his heart desired what he saw. thirdly. Grete. for that he was come back to the kingdom. he was. and whatsoever else pertains to medicine. 'Oh. So the lord had the horses harnessed to his carriage. who drove with two oxen a load of wood to the town. and said the wedding was at an end. the table was spread. that was the first. and let both of them have a seat in the carriage. yes. but he drew his sword. and he seated himself with her at the table. must go too. 'that is soon managed. 'One indeed came who set thee free. Yes. but my wife. however. and sold it to a doctor for two talers. thought he intended by that to say: 'That is .

for none dared go home. so you had better come out!' Then the fellow in the stove thought that the doctor meant him. and said: 'Grete. crept into the stove to hear if the doctor knew still more. if he would not denounce them. and said: 'My lord. he was terrified. now will I search in my book where the gold is hidden. but the other six ran with him. Although the little girl was very pretty. So the father sent one of his sons in haste to the spring to get some water. and said that they would willingly restore it and give him a heavy sum into the bargain. and looked for the cock.' The fourth had to carry in a dish that was covered. and made a sign to the doctor that they wished him to step outside for a moment. however. The third fared no better. poor Crabb. In the . and guess what was beneath the cover. When therefore he went out. and so they were in such a hurry that all let their pitchers fall into the well. sprang out. and last of all one daughter. So when he went in with his dish. and returned to the hall. THE SEVEN RAVENS There was once a man who had seven sons. and full of terror. The doctor looked at the dish. but was forced. and cried: 'Ah. and he got out as fast as he could. crying: 'That man knows everything!' Then Doctor Knowall showed the lord where the money was. and became a renowned man. With this the doctor was satisfied.' and as he actually was so. They led him to the spot where the money was concealed. Each wanted to be first at drawing the water.' This servant was equally alarmed. but did not say who had stolen it. for if he did they would be hanged. Actually. he must also know who has the money!' On this the servants looked terribly uneasy. but they said she should at once be christened.' The fifth servant. But the doctor sat still and opened his A B C book. and did not know what to do. he said I was the first. had no idea what to say. he cried: 'There! he knows it. sat down to the table. and received from both sides much money in reward. As he could not find it immediately he said: 'I know you are there.the first thief. and the lord told the doctor that he was to show his skill. and said to his comrade outside: 'The doctor knows all: we shall fare ill. there were crabs. all four of them confessed to him that they had stolen the money. and they stood very foolishly looking at one another. that is the third.' The second did not want to go in at all. she was so weak and small that they thought she could not live. turned the pages backwards and forwards. for the peasant again said: 'Grete. the peasant nudged his wife.' When the lord heard that. that is the second.

What was to be done? She wanted to save her brothers. and said. but when she unwrapped the cloth it was not there. rolled it up in a little cloth. and set out into the wide world to find her brothers.' said he. She took nothing with her but a little ring which her father and mother had given her. Sorry as he was to see his wish so fulfilled. and the stars were friendly and kind to her. but the morning star rose up and gave her a little piece of wood. and she had neither rest nor ease. whatever it might cost her. and had no key of the castle of the glass-mountain.' Then she was much grieved. but the moon was cold and chilly. and asked if she had any brothers. Scarcely had he spoken these words when he heard a croaking over his head. for her father and mother took care not to speak of them before her: but one day by chance she heard the people about her speak of them. and found the door shut. Thus she went on and on.' The little girl took the piece of wood. and looked up and saw seven ravens as black as coal flying round and round. till at length one day she stole away. wherever they might be. and comforted himself as well as he could for the loss of his seven sons with his dear little daughter. Then she felt for the little piece of wood. and went on again until she came to the glass-mountain.' said they. and each star sat upon his own little stool. and said. but said it was the will of Heaven. and thought herself bound to do all she could to bring her brothers back. and when he had waited still longer and they yet did not come. and what had become of them. a little pitcher of water in case she should be thirsty. and there your brothers live.meantime the father was uneasy. he flew into a rage and wished them all turned into ravens. 'I smell flesh and blood this way!' so she took herself away in a hurry and came to the stars. 'she is beautiful indeed. so this faithful little sister took a knife out of her pocket and cut off her little finger. a loaf of bread in case she should be hungry. and free them. 'Surely. who soon became stronger and every day more beautiful. 'If you have not this little piece of wood. but the little girl mourned sadly about it every day. 'the whole seven must have forgotten themselves over some game of play'. and went to her father and mother. and could not tell what made the young men stay so long. so she ran away quickly to the moon. and a little stool to rest upon when she should be weary. you cannot unlock the castle that stands on the glass-mountain. but the sun looked much too hot and fiery. and she saw she had lost the gift of the good stars. 'Yes. So they dared no longer hide the truth from her. then she came to the sun. he did not know how what was done could be undone. but still 'tis a pity that her brothers should have been lost for her sake. and that her birth was only the innocent cause of it. For a long time she did not know that she had ever had any brothers. and journeyed till she came to the world's end. that was just the size of the .

THE WEDDING OF MRS FOX FIRST STORY There was once upon a time an old fox with nine tails. The maid heard someone standing at the house-door. who believed that his wife was not faithful to him. shut herself in. a little dwarf came up to her. 'Here come my masters. the seven ravens. they wanted to eat and drink. and did the cooking.' When they came in. 'What are you seeking for?' 'I seek for my brothers.' When the little girl heard this (for she stood behind the door all the time and listened). On a sudden she heard a fluttering and croaking in the air. She went . He stretched himself out under the bench. As she went in. and her maid. pray step in.' Now the little dwarf was getting their dinner ready. she ran forward. and put it in the door and opened it. and looked for their little plates and glasses. and out of each little glass she drank a small drop. and knew that it was his father's and mother's. and set them upon the table. Miss Cat. and out of each little plate their sister ate a small piece.piece of wood she had lost. and in an instant all the ravens took their right form again. and said. and found there the ring. and he brought their food upon seven little plates. but she let the ring that she had brought with her fall into the last glass. When it became known that the old fox was dead. and behaved as if he were stone dead. and the dwarf said. and wished to put her to the test. did not move a limb. suitors presented themselves. sat by the fire. 'Who has eaten from my little plate? And who has been drinking out of my little glass?' 'Caw! Caw! well I ween Mortal lips have this way been. and all hugged and kissed each other.' answered she. Mrs Fox went up to her room. 'O that our little sister would but come! then we should be free. and went merrily home. knocking. but if you will wait till they come. 'My masters are not at home. he looked at it. Then the dwarf said. and their drink in seven little glasses. and said. Then said one after the other.' When the seventh came to the bottom of his glass.

and cudgelled all the rabble. who would like to woo her. my little cat. are you inside?' 'Oh.and opened it. Soon afterwards there was another knock.' 'Then I will not have him.' she cried. and drove them and Mrs Fox out of the house.' The cat goes up the stairs trip.' Miss Cat went downstairs and sent the wooer away. that a young fox is here. tap. she said joyfully to the cat: 'Now open the gates and doors all wide. 'A wooer he stands at the door out there. 'he has only one.' said the fox. Would you know what I am making? I am boiling warm beer with butter. yes.' 'Do just tell her. When the widow heard that. but he did not fare better than the first. like old Mr Fox. my dear?' 'Has he nine as beautiful tails as the late Mr Fox?' 'Oh. old Mr Fox stirred under the bench. Miss Cat? Do you sleep or do you wake?' She answered: 'I am not sleeping. miss. each with one tail more than the other. until at last one came who had nine tails. He had two tails.' 'What does he look like. And carry old Mr Fox outside. and it was a young fox. Moaning in her gloom. Will you be my guest for supper?' 'No. trap.' answered the cat. I am waking. . After this still more came. and another fox was at the door who wished to woo Mrs Fox.' 'Certainly.' But just as the wedding was going to be solemnized. Weeping her little eyes quite red. tap. who said: 'What may you be about. but they were all turned away. miss. The door she knocks at tap. 'what is Mrs Fox doing?' The maid replied: 'She is sitting in her room. Because old Mr Fox is dead. young sir. 'Mistress Fox. thank you. no.

For old Mr Fox is no more. good Mistress Fox? If you're in want of a husband now. Then Mrs Fox said: 'Has the gentleman red stockings on.' When the wolf was gone.' answered the cat. At length came a young fox. Will you be my guest. 'Then he won't do for me. and has a . Then will it please her to step below?' The cat runs quickly up the stair. 'Is Mrs Fox not at home?' The cat said: 'She sits upstairs in her room. a lion. And lets her tail fly here and there. came a dog. and eat?' 'No. Mrs Cat of Kehrewit. and has he a pointed mouth?' 'No. But one of the good qualities which old Mr Fox had possessed. and the cat who was servant to Mrs Fox. one after the other. a stag. a hare. and said: 'Good day. With her five gold rings at the door she knocks: 'Are you within.SECOND STORY When old Mr Fox was dead. and knocked at the door. Then will it please you to step below? Mrs Fox asked: 'Has the gentleman red stockings on. was always lacking. How comes it that alone you sit? What are you making good?' The cat replied: 'In milk I'm breaking bread so sweet.' The wolf answered: 'If she's in want of a husband now. Bewailing her sorrowful doom. thank you. and all the beasts of the forest. and the cat had continually to send the suitors away. a bear. The wolf greeted her.' answered the wolf. opened it for him. Bewailing her trouble so sore. the wolf came as a suitor. Until she comes to the parlour door. Mrs Cat.

'Good day. Then the huntsman did as the old woman told him. and one will fall down dead: the cloak will fall too.' When he had gone a hundred steps or so. fighting.' said the huntsman. and tugging at each other as if each wished to have it himself. take it. you seem merry enough. it will be a fine thing for me. Then he wanted to go his way. go your way. then he shot into the midst of them so that their feathers flew all about. and after a little time you will come to a tree where you will see nine birds sitting on a cloak. took out the heart. Up with the window. 'Listen. and carried the cloak home with him. and said. 'Well. cut open the bird. 'Sweep me the room as clean as you can. and said to him. and you will find a piece of gold under your pillow every morning when you rise. my friend.' Then the wedding was solemnized with young Mr Fox.little pointed mouth?' 'Yes. Off went the flock chattering away. he heard a screaming and chirping in the branches over him. and there was much rejoicing and dancing. to what I am going to tell you. and when you wear it you will find yourself at any place where you may wish to be. . But ate up every one he caught. but one fell down dead. and put his hand in his pocket and gave her what he had. but she took hold of him.' said Mrs Fox. and if they have not left off. THE SALAD As a merry young huntsman was once going briskly along through a wood. Shoot into the midst of them. and the cloak with it. 'this is wonderful. do pray give me something to eat. and ordered the servant to prepare the wedding feast. Cut open the dead bird. screaming. and looked up and saw a flock of birds pulling a cloak with their bills and feet. take out its heart and keep it. this happens just as the old woman said'. fling out my old man! For many a fine fat mouse he brought. it is a wishing-cloak. Yet of his wife he never thought.' said the cat. and thought to himself. I will reward you for your kindness. 'he has. 'If all this does happen.' The huntsman took pity on her. there came up a little old woman. they are dancing still. It is the bird's heart that will bring you this good luck.' The huntsman thanked her. good day. but I am hungry and thirsty.' 'Then let him come upstairs.

It so happened that his road one day led through a thick wood. and said to the young lady. that whenever I think of it I cannot help being sorrowful. that he wanted to see more of the beautiful lady. at the end of which was a large castle in a green meadow. Then he went into the house. and he laid his head in her lap and . my dear child. Now the old woman was a witch. and he said to the young lady. for it lay now under the young lady's. 'Let us sit down and rest ourselves a little.' said the young lady.' said the old witch. 'Of what use is this gold to me whilst I am at home? I will go out into the world and look about me. and the old woman took it away every morning. the same happened next day. and said to himself.' said she. then the huntsman said. and at one of the windows stood an old woman with a very beautiful young lady by her side looking about them. and the moment he wished to be on the granite mountain they were both there. but the real reason was. 'I have been travelling so long that I should like to go into this castle and rest myself. but he was so much in love that he never missed his prize. and there lay the piece of gold glittering underneath. and hung his bag and bow about his neck. But the old witch made a deep sleep come upon him. and he never found any more gold under his pillow. He has a bird's heart that brings a piece of gold under his pillow every morning.' 'If that's all your grief. 'What makes you so sad?' 'Alas! dear sir. for it is more fit for us than for him. and said. 'Now is the time for getting the bird's heart. and looked about the country and seemed very sorrowful. 'Well. 'There is a young man coming out of the wood who carries a wonderful prize. I am so tired that I cannot stand any longer. 'I'll take there with all my heart'. Then the old woman said. The diamonds glittered so on all sides that they were delighted with the sight and picked up the finest.' So she did as the old woman told her. He heaped up a great deal of gold. and I want so much to go there.' 'Let us leave him that.' So they sat down.' So the lady stole it away. and I must and will have it. so he drew her under his cloak. and at last thought to himself.' Then the witch was very angry. and doing everything that she wished. for I have money enough to pay for anything I want'. for who can reach it? only the birds and the flies--man cannot. and it was not long before he was so much in love that he thought of nothing else but looking at the lady's eyes. 'he has already lost his wealth. and went his way. but not the wishing-cloak yet.The next morning when he awoke he lifted up his pillow.' Then he took leave of his friends.' said the huntsman. and that we must also get. 'yonder lies the granite rock where all the costly diamonds grow. 'Such a cloak is a very rare and wonderful thing. and set herself at the window. and indeed every day when he arose.' Meantime the huntsman came nearer and looked at the lady. and was welcomed kindly. we must get it away from him. 'we have got the bird's heart.

if not I shall be worse off than before. and thought to himself. and I don't know that I can carry . 'I am so tired. and said. 'It's not worth the trouble. But the huntsman had heard all they said. and have brought it with me. and after wandering about a few days he luckily found it. 'I can eat salad. and said. 'that I can go no farther. 'Alas! what roguery there is in the world!' and there he sat in great grief and fear. he said. so he laid himself down as if he were in a sound sleep. the first pushed him with his foot. and saw with horror that he was turned into an ass. not knowing what to do. he climbed to the top of the mountain.' said he. and whilst he was sleeping on she took the cloak from his shoulders.' 'Countryman. However. for here I see neither apples nor pears. but scarcely had he swallowed two bites when he felt himself quite changed. and as soon as they were gone. Now this rock belonged to fierce giants who lived upon it. and wished herself home again.' said the second. and as he saw three of them striding about.' said he. nor any kind of fruits. and the salad tasted very nice.' said the witch.' So he went away to try and find the castle of his friends. 'a messenger sent by the king to find the finest salad that grows under the sun.' So he picked out a fine head and ate of it. hung it on her own. 'who are you? and what is your business?' 'I am. and caught him in a whirlwind and bore him along for some time. so he ate on till he came to another kind of salad. and enable me to pay off some folks for their treachery.' At last he thought to himself. 'This will help me to my fortune again. he still felt very hungry. 'What worm is this that lies here curled up?' 'Tread upon him and kill him. and some cloud will come rolling and carry him away.' And they passed on. he'll go climbing higher up the mountain. and soon saw that he was lucky enough to have found his old shape again. and he fell quite gently to the ground amongst the greens and cabbages. 'I wish I had something to eat. When he awoke and found that his lady had tricked him. I have been lucky enough to find it. 'I can only save myself by feigning to be asleep'. so that even his mother would not have known him. 'let him live. Then he looked around him. and scarcely had he tasted it when he felt another change come over him. When the giants came up to him. and when he had sat there a short time a cloud came rolling around him. till it settled in a garden. nothing but vegetables. Then he laid himself down and slept off a little of his weariness. and left him alone on the wild rock. he thought to himself. and went into the castle and asked for a lodging.' said the third. Then he stained his face all over brown. but the heat of the sun scorches so that it begins to wither. it will refresh and strengthen me. picked up the diamonds.fell asleep. and when he awoke the next morning he broke off a head both of the good and the bad salad.

Then the huntsman washed his face and went into the court that they might know him. was going to carry it up. and when they came. And the beautiful young lady . 'I have two heads of it with me.' 'To be sure. Some days after. and like the others ran off into the court braying away. he gave them some of the good salad to eat. so she also was turned into an ass and ran after the other. and when it was ready she could not wait till it was carried up. 'are alive and eat. The messenger sat all this time with the beautiful young lady.' Then he took up the rest of the leaves. give them food and room. saying. but on the way she too felt a wish to taste it as the old woman had done. where he found everything he wanted. and treat them as I tell you. give the next (who was the servant-maid) stripes once a day and hay three times.' And as he went he saw two asses in the court running about. 'I don't know where the salad can be. 'Dear countryman. 'I bring you the dish myself that you may not wait any longer. and told the miller to drive them back to him. 'but how shall I treat them?' Then the huntsman said.it farther.' So she ate of it. 'if you will take them.' 'With all my heart.' said the other. letting the dish with the salad fall on the ground. and the salad lying on the ground.' answered he. 'Now you shall be paid for your roguery. Now the servant-maid came into the kitchen. and tied them all three to a rope and took them along with him till he came to a mill and knocked at the window. I will pay you whatever you ask. 'I will go into the kitchen and see. 'All right!' said he. After this he went back to the castle. 'What's the matter?' said the miller. the miller came to him and told him that the old ass was dead.' When the witch and the young lady heard of his beautiful salad.' said he. and seeing the salad ready. 'those two have had their share. but took a few leaves immediately and put them in her mouth. Then the witch herself took it into the kitchen to be dressed. she said. but are so sorrowful that they cannot last long. and as nobody came with the salad and she longed to taste it. they longed to taste it. and scarcely were they swallowed when she lost her own form and ran braying down into the court in the form of an ass. so he opened his bag and gave them the bad. let us just taste it.' Then he thought something must have happened.' Then the huntsman pitied them. 'The other two. and said. and will give you one'. and ate some leaves.' said he. laid them on the dish and brought them to the young lady. and said. 'Give the old one stripes three times a day and hay once. and give the youngest (who was the beautiful lady) hay three times a day and no stripes': for he could not find it in his heart to have her beaten. 'I have three tiresome beasts here.' said the miller.

for I always loved you very much.' The elder brother smiled when he heard that. 'I am quite willing to learn something--indeed. it will be just the same thing.' . it makes me shudder!" It does not make me shudder. you are growing tall and strong. you fellow in the corner there. and as for the bird's heart. and when people saw him they said: 'There's a fellow who will give his father some trouble!' When anything had to be done.' thought he. my mother forced me to it. and you too must learn something by which you can earn your bread.' The father sighed. Look how your brother works. 'They are always saying: "It makes me shudder. 'O dearest huntsman! forgive me all the ill I have done you. he answered: 'Oh. but you do not even earn your salt.' he replied. the elder of who was smart and sensible. it makes me shudder!' for he was afraid. for I mean to make you my wife. but the younger was stupid and could neither learn nor understand anything. or in the night-time. and lived together very happily till they died. Or when stories were told by the fire at night which made the flesh creep. must be an art of which I understand nothing!' Now it came to pass that his father said to him one day: 'Hearken to me. it was always the elder who was forced to do it. I should like to learn how to shudder. I'll not go there. and the father bewailed his trouble.fell upon her knees before him. 'Keep it. the listeners sometimes said: 'Oh. it was against my will. and said. THE STORY OF THE YOUTH WHO WENT FORTH TO LEARN WHAT FEAR WAS A certain father had two sons. 'That. and could do everything. it makes us shudder!' The younger sat in a corner and listened with the rest of them. if it could but be managed. but you will not earn your bread by that. too. and the way led through the churchyard. or any other dismal place. father. and told him how his younger son was so backward in every respect that he knew nothing and learnt nothing. I don't understand that at all yet. but if his father bade him fetch anything when it was late.' But he said.' Soon after this the sexton came to the house on a visit.' So they were married.' 'Well. Your wishing-cloak hangs up in the closet. and could not imagine what they could mean. and answered him: 'You shall soon learn what it is to shudder. 'Just think. I will give it you too. and thought to himself: 'Goodness. what a blockhead that brother of mine is! He will never be good for anything as long as he lives! He who wants to be a sickle must bend himself betimes. no father.

Send him to me.' 'Ah. you have no business here at night. and without saying a word went to bed. Then the boy called to him for the third time. I don't know. but the figure made no reply. 'What wicked tricks are these?' said he. and did not move or stir.' The sexton. or I will throw you down the steps!' The sexton thought: 'He can't mean to be as bad as his words.' cried she. I am quite innocent. 'do listen to me. Go out of my sight. and then with loud screams she hastened to the boy's father. 'Who is there?' cried he. I did not know who it was.' cried the boy. however. 'but someone was standing by the sounding hole on the other side of the steps. 'I have nothing but unhappiness with you. 'or take yourself off. After a day or two. he actually wanted to learn to shudder. so that it fell down the ten steps and remained lying there in a corner.' uttered no sound and stood as if he were made of stone. and bade him arise and go up into the church tower and ring the bell.' replied the sexton. and threw him downstairs. and was just going to take hold of the bell rope. I will see you no more. and when the boy was at the top of the tower and turned round. At length she became uneasy. and I will soon polish him. and wakened the boy. he saw a white figure standing on the stairs opposite the sounding hole. 'The devil must have put them into your head. went home. who was lying moaning in the corner. 'You shall soon learn what shuddering is. and as he would neither gave an answer nor go away.said he.' . Just go there and you will see if it was he. The sexton's wife waited a long time for her husband.' The woman ran away and found her husband.' said the father. and as that was also to no purpose.' The father was glad to do it.' thought he. 'when I asked him how he was going to earn his bread. the sexton awoke him at midnight. 'he can learn that with me. and asked: 'Do you know where my husband is? He climbed up the tower before you did. The boy cried a second time: 'What do you want here?--speak if you are an honest fellow. I took him for a scoundrel. and he had to ring the church bell.' The father was terrified. 'Give an answer.' he replied.' 'Father. Thereupon he rang the bell. Take the good-for-nothing fellow out of our house. remained standing motionless that the boy might think he was a ghost. and I entreated him three times either to speak or to go away.' replied the boy. She carried him down.' 'If that be all. and had broken his leg. 'has been the cause of a great misfortune! He has thrown my husband down the steps so that he broke his leg. 'Your boy. He was standing there by night like one intent on doing evil. and secretly went there before him. he ran against him and pushed the ghost down the stairs.' The sexton therefore took him into his house. I should be sorry if it were. and ran thither and scolded the boy. and fell asleep.' 'No. for he thought: 'It will train the boy a little. but he did not come back.

and when they had walked a little farther to where they could see the gallows. there is the tree where seven men have married the ropemaker's daughter. and went away saying: 'Such a youth has never come my way before. right willingly. 'it is all the same to me. it shall be as you will. and are now learning how to fly.' When the day dawned. father. how those up above must freeze and suffer!' And as he felt pity for them. father. Take these and go into the wide world. but at midnight the wind blew so sharply that in spite of his fire. I cannot help you. If you desire nothing more than that. So he said: 'Take care. and the fire caught their clothes. and set them all round it to warm themselves.' spoke the father.' answered he. and once more began to mutter to himself: 'Ah. And as he was cold. but if I learn how to shudder as fast as that. you shall have my fifty talers. he lighted himself a fire. and waited till evening came. he could not get warm. if I could but shudder! Ah. sat down beneath it. and let their rags go on burning. if I could but shudder!' A waggoner who was striding behind him heard this and asked: 'Who are . the man said to him: 'Look. understand one art which will support me. therefore. Then will I go forth and learn how to shudder. and then I shall. he raised the ladder. did not hear. Sit down beneath it. and wait till night comes. and who is your father. the boy put his fifty talers into his pocket.' Then the youth went to the gallows. unbound one of them after the other. and climbed up. I can easily keep it in mind. and went forth on the great highway. but were quite silent. and they moved backwards and forwards. Then he stoked the fire. blew it.' and he hung them up again each in his turn.' answered the youth. or I will hang you up again.' The dead men. Here are fifty talers for you. and tell no one from whence you come. and you will soon learn how to shudder. he thought to himself: 'If you shiver below by the fire.' 'Yes. and the next morning the man came to him and wanted to have the fifty talers. 'how should I know? Those fellows up there did not open their mouths. Just come back to me early in the morning. at any rate.' Then the man saw that he would not get the fifty talers that day. 'it is easily done. Then he sat down by his fire and fell asleep. and brought down all seven. At this he grew angry. And as the wind knocked the hanged men against each other. for I have reason to be ashamed of you. and continually said to himself: 'If I could but shudder! If I could but shudder!' Then a man approached who heard this conversation which the youth was holding with himself. and were so stupid that they let the few old rags which they had on their bodies get burnt. But they sat there and did not stir. wait only until it is day.' The youth likewise went his way. and said: 'Well do you know how to shudder?' 'No. and said: 'If you will not take care. however.' 'If that is all that is wanted. I will not be burnt with you.'Yes.' 'Learn what you will.

' answered the youth. a turning lathe. and she was the most beautiful maiden the sun shone on. go with me.' The king had these things carried into the castle for him during the day. 'what are you crying about? If you are cold. which were guarded by evil spirits.you?' 'I don't know. they said: 'Comrade. Then the youth went next morning to the king. 'I do so wish I could shudder. and seated himself by the turning-lathe. When night was drawing near. but as yet none had come out again.' The king looked at him. I will see about a place for you. and would make a poor man rich enough. if I could but shudder!' said he.' But the youth said: 'However difficult it may be. and looked savagely at him with their fiery eyes. and these treasures would then be freed. I will willingly watch three nights in the haunted castle. and a cutting-board with the knife. 'so many prying persons have already lost their lives. I will learn it. there ought to be a good opportunity for you here. when they had warmed themselves. Already many men had gone into the castle. something cried suddenly from one corner: 'Au.' Towards midnight he was about to poke his fire. Then the waggoner asked: 'From whence do you come?' 'I know not. 'but I shall not learn it here either. 'but . it would be a pity and a shame if such beautiful eyes as these should never see the daylight again. until the latter told him.' 'Who is your father?' 'That I may not tell you. if he would but watch in it for three nights.' He let the host have no rest. he said: 'You may ask for three things to take into the castle with you. the youth went up and made himself a bright fire in one of the rooms. but they must be things without life. placed the cutting-board and knife beside it. After a short time. be silent. Then at the entrance of the parlour the youth again said quite loudly: 'If I could but shudder! If I could but shudder!' The host who heard this.' said the hostess.' 'Enough of your foolish chatter.' 'Ah.' The youth went with the waggoner. and said: 'If it be allowed. and as the youth pleased him. shall we have a game of cards?' 'Why not?' he replied. but no one can teach me how. 'Come. Likewise in the castle lay great treasures. miau! how cold we are!' 'You fools!' cried he.' 'What is it that you are always muttering between your teeth?' 'Ah. come and take a seat by the fire and warm yourselves. and in the evening they arrived at an inn where they wished to pass the night.' said the waggoner. For this purpose indeed have I journeyed forth. laughed and said: 'If that is your desire.' Then he answered: 'Then I ask for a fire.' And when he had said that. The king had promised that he who would venture should have his daughter to wife. that not far from thence stood a haunted castle where anyone could very easily learn what shuddering was.' replied the youth. and as he was blowing it. two great black cats came with one tremendous leap and sat down on each side of him. 'Ah.

and said: 'It has not come to that yet. I must first cut them for you.' and lay down by his fire. and the other half fell down likewise. over thresholds and stairs. Then said he: 'After all it is a pity.' Then he went to the innkeeper.' and he struck them dead and threw them out into the water. and a hideous man was sitting in his place.' The youth heard it. the bed began to move of its own accord. 'another half belongs to this.' said he. however. and slept till it was day. 'That's right. and once more began his old song: 'If I could but shudder!' When midnight came. If someone would but tell me!' The second night he again went up into the old castle. and they yelled horribly. 'and my fancy for card-playing has gone. But he threw quilts and pillows up in the air. In the morning the king came. but it grew louder and louder. and went over the whole of the castle. 'I have looked at your fingers. and when he saw him lying there on the ground. Some of them ran away. 'I will just stoke up the fire a little for you.' Thereupon he seized them by the throats. Then it was quiet for a while.' said he. This is not enough!' Then the uproar began again.' said he. his eyes would keep open no longer. got out and said: 'Now anyone who likes.' said he.' Then the bed rolled on as if six horses were harnessed to it. there was a roaring and howling. it turned over upside down. And as he thus sat. the two pieces were joined together. who opened his eyes very wide. and got on his fire. and lay on him like a mountain. and at length with a loud scream.' . 'what long nails you have! Wait. got up. an uproar and noise of tumbling about was heard. Then he looked round and saw a great bed in the corner. but at last when they were going too far. 'That is no part of our bargain. But when he had made away with these two. at first it was low. and said: 'I never expected to see you alive again! Have you learnt how to shudder yet?' 'No. and more and more of them came until he could no longer move.' and began to cut them down. he seized his cutting-knife. the two others will pass likewise.' When he had done that and looked round again. the others he killed. hop.' Then the king was astonished. 'Oh. and was about to sit down again by his fire. and got into it. and threw out into the fish-pond. 'but go faster.' said he. 'Hullo!' cried he.--for so handsome a man. put them on the cutting-board and screwed their feet fast. When he was just going to shut his eyes. and cried: 'Away with you. but suddenly hop. may drive. 'it is all in vain. vermin.just show me your paws.' answered he. up and down. half a man came down the chimney and fell before him. 'That is the very thing for me. but very glad. pulled it to pieces. and tried to put it out. he thought the evil spirits had killed him and he was dead. 'Very well indeed. 'one night is past. sat down by the fire. and he felt a desire to sleep. He watched them for a while quietly. out from every hole and corner came black cats and black dogs with red-hot chains.' Then they stretched out their claws. and asked how he had fared. 'Wait. When he came back he fanned the embers of his fire again and warmed himself.' said he.

softly. six tall men came in and brought a coffin. little cousin. who died only a few days ago.' 'What!' said he. covered him over and lay down by him.' 'I will soon seize you.' 'Money enough. and looked terrible. He felt his face. come. The youth also wanted to play and said: 'Listen you. and seated himself again in his own place.' 'Have you not shuddered then?' 'What?' said he. however. 'See. however. and perhaps even stronger. but thrust him off with all his strength.' said he.' When it grew late. 'You wretch. do not talk so big. 'I have had a wonderful time! If I did but know what it was to shudder!' The third night he sat down again on his bench and said quite sadly: 'If I could but shudder. Then still more men fell down. one after the other. and shut the lid. 'you shall soon learn what it is to shudder.' cried he. 'I have been playing at nine-pins.' 'Not so fast.' Then he took the skulls and put them in the lathe and turned them till they were round. can I join you?' 'Yes. and set them up and played at nine-pins with them. and a dead man lay therein.' Then a man entered who was taller than all others. for you shall die. they brought nine dead men's legs and two skulls. but he remained cold. Then came the six men and carried him away again. 'I shall never learn it here as long as I live. and had a long white beard. 'There. 'Softly. 'How has it fared with you this time?' asked he.' They placed the coffin on the ground. 'I will warm you a little. he thought to himself: 'When two people lie in bed together.' said the fiend. ha. got up and cried: 'Now will I strangle you. 'Wait. however. As this also did no good. that is certainly my little cousin. I am as strong as you are. threw him into it. little cousin. the youth. if you have any money. Then said the youth. 'If I am to die.' replied he.' and carried him to the bed.' and he beckoned with his finger. He lay down and quietly fell asleep. 'Hurrah! now we'll have fun!' He played with them and lost some of his money. and sat down by the fire and laid him on his breast and rubbed his arms that the blood might circulate again. would not allow that. everything vanished from his sight. but when it struck twelve.' replied the youth. Then he took him out. I shall have to have a say in it.' and went to the fire and warmed his hand and laid it on the dead man's face.' .' he answered.' said he.' The man wanted to push him away. 'and have lost a couple of farthings.said the youth. 'the bench is mine. 'is that the way you thank me? You shall at once go into your coffin again. but it was cold as ice. they warm each other. After a short time the dead man became warm too. have I not warmed you?' The dead man. 'but your balls are not quite round.' and he took him up. but he went to it and took the lid off. and cried: 'Come. Next morning the king came to inquire after him. now they will roll better!' said he. Then he said: 'Ha. He was old. and began to move. 'I cannot manage to shudder.

and with one blow struck an anvil into the ground. the third yours. and shall marry my daughter. what makes me shudder so?--what makes me shudder so.' said the youth. . took an axe.' And this at last angered her. and in a cellar showed him three chests full of gold. 'you have saved the castle. when he would give him great riches. and conceited. and went to the other anvil. and slept there by his fire. and the spirit disappeared.' said the old man. 'but still I do not know what it is to shudder!' Then the gold was brought up and the wedding celebrated.' 'That is all very well. and had a whole bucketful of gudgeons brought to her. 'one part is for the poor. split the anvil with one blow. the other for the king. and however happy he was. so that the youth stood in darkness. Next morning the king came and said: 'Now you must have learnt what shuddering is?' 'No. 'Now it is your turn to die. The youth drew out the axe and let him go. 'Now I have you. The old man placed himself near and wanted to look on.' said he. Then he woke up and cried: 'Oh. that none of the princes who came to ask her in marriage was good enough for her.' Then he led him by dark passages to a smith's forge. so that the little fishes would sprawl about him.' 'Then. At night when the young king was sleeping.' said he. 'what can it be? My dead cousin was here.' She went out to the stream which flowed through the garden. but so proud.' said the youth. 'I can do better than that. I will let you go--come. and she only made sport of them. found the way into the room. he still said always: 'If I could but shudder--if I could but shudder. and felt about. but no one told me what it was to shudder. his wife was to draw the clothes off him and empty the bucket full of cold water with the gudgeons in it over him.' Then he seized an iron bar and beat the old man till he moaned and entreated him to stop. The old man led him back into the castle. dear wife? Ah! now I know what it is to shudder!' KING GRISLY-BEARD A great king of a land far away in the East had a daughter who was very beautiful. we will try. 'Of these.'We shall see.' In the meantime it struck twelve. and haughty. 'If you are stronger. and in it caught the old man's beard. but howsoever much the young king loved his wife.' said the king.' he answered. and his white beard hung down. 'I shall still be able to find my way out. he shall soon learn what it is to shudder. and a bearded man came and showed me a great deal of money down below. Then the youth seized the axe.' said he. Her waiting-maid said: 'I will find a cure for him.

Then the princess came in. and how she ill-treated all his guests. that I will give you my daughter for your wife. and I will keep my word. 'Now get ready to go--you must not stay here--you must travel on with your husband.' So words and tears were of no avail. When this was over the king said. 'Pray. and asked thither all her suitors. 'would that I had married King Grisly-beard!' Next they came to some fine meadows.' said she. but the king said.' The princess begged and prayed. so she said he was like a green stick. hadst thou taken him. and counts.' said the fiddler: 'why . 'his beard is like an old mop. and she called him 'Wallface. all had been thine. and he vowed that. 'You have sung so well. 'Whose is this noble city?' said she. and barons.' said she.' 'Ah! unlucky wretch that I am!' said she. and took her with him. the parson was sent for. and dukes. and when the king heard him. and earls. 'Look at him. they had all been thine. Two days after there came by a travelling fiddler.' answered he. 'would that I had married King Grisly-beard!' Then they came to a great city. 'whose is this wood?' 'It belongs to King Grisly-beard. he shall be called Grisly-beard. The fourth was too pale. hadst thou taken him. willing or unwilling. And thus she had some joke to crack upon every one: but she laughed more than all at a good king who was there. 'It belongs to King Grisly-beard.' The sixth was not straight enough. 'why did I not marry King Grisly-beard?' 'That is no business of mine. ranged according to their rank--kings.' So they brought in a dirty-looking fellow. that came to the door. 'They belong to King Grisly-beard. The next was too tall: 'What a maypole!' said she. 'Whose are these beautiful green meadows?' said she.' 'Ah! wretch that I am!' sighed she.Once upon a time the king held a great feast. he said.' So the king got the nickname of Grisly-beard. it had all been thine. who began to play under the window and beg alms.' Then the fiddler went his way. The first was too fat: 'He's as round as a tub. 'Let him come in. so she called him 'Coxcomb. Then the king said. and knights. and princes. be he prince or beggar.' The fifth was too red. and they soon came to a great wood. and they all sat in a row. she should marry the first man.' 'Ah! unlucky wretch that I am!' sighed she. and when he had sung before the king and the princess. 'I have sworn to give you to the first comer. and she was married to the fiddler. and as she passed by them she had something spiteful to say to every one. 'hadst thou taken him.' said she. But the old king was very angry when he saw how his daughter behaved. he begged a boon. The next was too short: 'What a dumpling!' said she. that had been laid to dry over a baker's oven.

and asked if they did not want a kitchen-maid.' Then he went out and cut willows. but the threads cut her tender fingers till the blood ran.should you wish for another husband? Am not I good enough for you?' At last they came to a small cottage. 'Wife. and said she must work. You must learn to weave baskets. so I have been to the king's palace. 'What do we want with servants?' said he. 'Who would have thought you would have been so silly. She had not been there long before she heard that the king's eldest son . but she was allowed to carry home some of the meat that was left.' So she sat down and tried to spin. where everybody passes? but let us have no more crying. At first the trade went well. and then her husband bought a fresh lot of ware.' 'Alas!' sighed she. and the fiddler was forced to help her. and brought them home. Thus they lived for two days: and when they had eaten up all there was in the cottage.' Thus the princess became a kitchen-maid. and knew not what to do.' said he. 'See now. went to buy her wares.' But the princess knew nothing of making fires and cooking. and put on water and cook my supper. but it made her fingers very sore. 'you are good for nothing. seeing such a beautiful woman. 'I see this work won't do. 'you must do for yourself whatever is to be done. and on this they lived. and paid their money without thinking of taking away the goods. 'as to put an earthenware stall in the corner of the market. Now make the fire. for many people. 'Ah! what will become of me?' said she. but a drunken soldier soon came by. I see you are not fit for this sort of work.' said the fiddler. and they say they will take you.' said he: 'try and spin. and she sat herself down with it in the corner of the market. the man said. if she did not wish to die of hunger. you can do no work: what a bargain I have got! However. They lived on this as long as it lasted. and helped the cook to do all the dirtiest work. 'if any of my father's court should pass by and see me standing in the market. but the fiddler called her up very early in the morning to clean the house. for I am very tired. 'That is your and my house. I'll try and set up a trade in pots and pans. how they will laugh at me!' But her husband did not care for that. and you shall stand in the market and sell them. we can't go on thus. spending money and earning nothing. and broke all her goods into a thousand pieces. 'to whom does that little dirty hole belong?' Then the fiddler said. When they had eaten a very scanty meal they went to bed. where we are to live. perhaps you will do that better. and there you will have plenty to eat. 'what will my husband say?' So she ran home and told him all.' 'Where are your servants?' cried she. Then she began to cry. and she began to weave. 'What a paltry place!' said she. and rode his horse against her stall.

The feast was grand. he kept fast hold. none came home again.' But of these also. and said she should be his partner in the dance. All on a sudden. Then she bitterly grieved for the pride and folly which had brought her so low. who was making sport of her. but she trembled for fear. as she was going out. and the next day he sent out two more huntsmen who were to search for him. full of all kinds of wild animals. none were seen again.' said the king. and welcomed her home on her marriage. Joy was in every face and every heart. She sprang to the door to run away.' Then the chamberlains came and brought her the most beautiful robes. which she put into her basket to take home. I am also the soldier that overset your stall. and when he saw a beautiful woman at the door. I have done all this only to cure you of your silly pride. However. and she went to one of the windows and looked out. The . and I only wish that you and I had been of the party. and nothing was seen of it. and all the pomp and brightness of the court was there. so that the meats in it fell about. but he did not come back. and said: 'Scour the whole forest through. but on the steps King Grisly-beard overtook her. that she wished herself a thousand feet deep in the earth. Now all is over: you have learnt wisdom. This lasted for many years. for she saw that it was King Grisly-beard. and she was so abashed. I brought you there because I really loved you. and do not give up until you have found all three. From that time forth. and brought her back and said. and it lay there in deep stillness and solitude. and led her in. and offered to go into the dangerous forest. all were merry. going to be married. 'Fear me not! I am the fiddler who has lived with you in the hut. Then everybody laughed and jeered at her. Everything was ready. IRON HANS There was once upon a time a king who had a great forest near his palace. no one would any longer venture into the forest. he sent for all his huntsmen. and it is time to hold our marriage feast. and her father and his whole court were there already. he took her by the hand.was passing by. 'Perhaps some accident has befallen him. they danced and sang. and to show you the folly of your ill-treatment of me. but sometimes an eagle or a hawk flying over it. One day he sent out a huntsman to shoot him a roe. Then on the third day. in came the king's son in golden clothes. and the cover of the basket came off. And the servants gave her some of the rich meats. but they too stayed away. when an unknown huntsman announced himself to the king as seeking a situation.

The boy had become afraid. I fear it would fare with you no better than with the others. gave him the golden ball. he called and cried after him: 'Oh. of fear I know nothing. but hardly had the dog run two steps when it stood before a deep pool. for you have set me free. and said to him: 'You will never see your father and mother again. The king sent out people to seek for him in the fields. you can get it there. and the queen herself was to take the key into her keeping. When the huntsman saw that. and whose hair hung over his face down to his knees. however. and while he was playing. and led him away to the castle. and wanted to pursue it. There was great astonishment over the wild man. had him put in an iron cage in his courtyard.' and ran away. Then he could easily guess what had happened. or I shall be beaten!' The wild man turned back. for I have not the key.' Then the wild man said: 'It lies under your mother's pillow. he went back and fetched three men to come with buckets and bale out the water.' answered the man. The boy ran thither and said: 'Give me my ball out. The door opened with difficulty. and sought the key. On the third day the king had ridden out hunting. wild man. who wanted to have his ball back. When the king came home. and asked the queen how that had happened. he observed the empty cage.' said the boy. and forbade the door to be opened on pain of death. and hurried away. and you would never come out again. but I will keep you with me. She knew nothing about it. who was once playing in the courtyard. When it was open the wild man stepped out. would not give his consent.' The boy.king. his golden ball fell into the cage. but it was gone.' The huntsman therefore betook himself with his dog to the forest. and much grief reigned in the royal court. and the boy pinched his fingers. 'No. and said: 'It is not safe in there. do not go away. . When they could see to the bottom there lay a wild man whose body was brown like rusty iron.' but the boy would not. And from this time forth everyone could again go into the forest with safety. could go no farther. and brought the key. It was not long before the dog fell in with some game on the way. and a naked arm stretched itself out of the water.' The huntsman replied: 'Lord. seized it. and drew it under. I will venture it at my own risk. the king has forbidden it. They bound him with cords. When the wild man had once more reached the dark forest. The next day he again went and asked for his ball. the wild man said: 'Open my door. She called the boy. The king had a son of eight years. and went with hasty steps into the forest. set him on his shoulder. he took the boy down from his shoulder. however. took him up.' 'Not till you have opened the door for me. cast all thought to the winds. 'I will not do that. and the boy went once more and said: 'I cannot open the door even if I wished. but they did not find him. but no one answered. the king.

but the whole of the hair of his head was already golden and shone like the sun. And as he still bent down more and more while he was doing so.' He made a bed of moss for the boy on which he slept. You can imagine how terrified the poor boy was! He took his pocket-handkerchief and tied it round his head. He took it quickly out." and then I will come and help you. But the time was long to him. As he was thus sitting. Of treasure and gold have I enough. In the evening Iron Hans came back.and I have compassion on you. and held his finger behind his back. and trying to look straight into the eyes. His finger hurt him again and he passed it over his head.' he answered. and take care that nothing falls into it. in order that the man might not see it. and said: 'What has happened to the well?' 'Nothing nothing. there is one thing I will grant you. and often saw a golden fish or a golden snake show itself therein. and as I mean well by you. or it will be polluted. He drew it quickly out again. and said: 'Behold. and I have gold and silver in abundance. if you fall into any difficulty.' The boy placed himself by the brink of the well. and more than anyone in the world. and did not stir his finger. 'You have not stood the trial and can stay here no longer. you shall sit beside it.' Then the king's son left the forest. but it was already quite gilded. But as you have not a bad heart. and already knew what had happened.' On the third day. If you do all I bid you. greater than you think. but if this happens for the third time then the well is polluted and you can no longer remain with me. however much it hurt him. and the next morning the man took him to a well. there you will learn what poverty is. and took care that nothing fell in. 'You have let a hair fall into the well. it was of no use. looked at the boy. come to the forest and cry: "Iron Hans. and whatsoever pains he took to wash the gold off again. Go forth into the world. 'I will allow you to watch by it once more. and let the boy excuse himself as he might. When he came he already knew everything. My power is great. but saw that it was quite gilded. and he looked at the reflection of his face on the surface of the water. and then unhappily a hair fell down into the well. and said: 'Take the handkerchief off. you shall fare well. all was to no purpose.' said he. this time it may pass. his finger hurt him so violently that he involuntarily put it in the water. the boy sat by the well. But he said: 'You have dipped your finger into the water. but take care you do not again let anything go in. his long hair fell down from his shoulders into the water. Iron Hans came.' Then the golden hair streamed forth. that the man might not see it. He raised himself up quickly.' By daybreak the boy was already sitting by the well and watching it. the gold well is as bright and clear as crystal. and walked by beaten and unbeaten . I will come every evening to see if you have obeyed my order.

and gave him a handful of ducats. the gardener met him. and cried to him: 'Boy. and up she sprang to see what that could be. and said: 'How can you take the king's daughter a garland of such common flowers? Go quickly. and he would not have her money. she instantly snatched at his cap. they can play with them. however. With these he departed. Lord. He wanted to run out.' 'Oh. and he learnt nothing by which he could help himself. The cook. hoe and dig. And now the boy had to plant and water the garden. and seek out the prettiest and rarest.' Then the king had the cook called before him and scolded him.' replied the boy. and it was splendid to behold. and said: 'I present them to your children.' He again said: 'I may not. but he cared nothing for the gold pieces.' He put his cap on with all haste. and gave them to the gardener for playthings for his children. She again gave him a handful of ducats. the cook ordered him to carry the food to the royal table. The people about court did not at all know what use they could make of him. and asked how he could take such a boy as that into his service. and get another. and exchanged him for the gardener's boy. but he held it fast with both hands. bring me a wreath of flowers. When he was ascending the stairs with them. he kept his little cap on. I have a bad sore place on my head. Once when it so happened that no one else was at hand. and said he might carry wood and water. . and bear the wind and bad weather. and wanted to take it away from him.' She. it is not seemly to keep it on in my presence. At length he went to the palace. At length the cook took him into his service. He took them to the gardener. I have a sore head. but could find none. no. caught at his cap and pulled it off. and then his golden hair rolled down on his shoulders. and rake the cinders together. the king's daughter said: 'Take your cap off. Such a thing as that had never yet come under the king's notice.' The following day the king's daughter again called to him that he was to bring her a wreath of field-flowers. As the sun shone on his hair it glittered and flashed so that the rays fell into the bedroom of the king's daughter. and asked if they would take him in. had pity on him. and that he was to send him away at once. Then she saw the boy.' He answered: 'Ah. and gathered wild field-flowers and bound them together. but she held him by the arm. I cannot. and will please her better. There he looked for work. but he would not keep them. however. but as he did not like to let his golden hair be seen.paths ever onwards until at length he reached a great city. and told him to stay. and then he went in with it. she could not get his cap away from him. Once in summer when he was working alone in the garden. 'the wild ones have more scent. and he said: 'When you come to the royal table you must take your hat off. but they liked him.' When he got into the room. the day was so warm he took his little cap off that the air might cool him. On the third day things went just the same.

Thereupon the wild man appeared immediately. and the others have been mocking him.' She inquired of the gardener where his boy was. The king gathered together his people. he called 'Iron Hans' three times so loudly that it echoed through the trees. broke like a hurricane over the enemy. and crying: "Here comes our hobblety jib back again!" They asked." And then he was still more ridiculed. and rode away to the dark forest.' When the feast was announced. who led a horse that snorted with its nostrils. but he smiled.' The daughter wanted to hear who the strange knight was. the country was overrun by war. and I did not see him again. he conducted his troop by byways back to the forest. 'Take back your horse and your troops. When the king returned to his palace. and their swords flashed in the sun. the youth went out to the forest. and never stopped. and limped hobblety jib. and you shall throw a golden apple. he went into the stable. and soon he was riding on his three-legged horse. too: "Under what hedge have you been lying sleeping all the time?" So he said: "I did the best of all. When he came to the outskirts. 'What do you desire?' . but the youth pursued.' said he.Not long afterwards.' The king said to his daughter: 'I will proclaim a great feast that shall last for three days. we will leave one behind us in the stable for you. When he got near the battlefield a great part of the king's men had already fallen. his daughter went to meet him. however. and beat down all who opposed him. 'What do you desire?' asked the wild man. it was lame of one foot. and could hardly be restrained. Then the youth galloped thither with his iron soldiers. and did not know whether or not he could offer any opposition to the enemy. and said: 'He has just come home on his three-legged horse. nevertheless he mounted it. until there was not a single man left. and still more than you ask for. Instead of returning to the king. and called Iron Hans.' Then the wild man went back into the forest. and little was wanting to make the rest give way. and said: 'Seek one for yourself when we are gone. and rode at the head of the soldiers. Perhaps the unknown man will show himself. They began to flee. and said: 'He followed the enemy. for I am going to the wars. and wished him joy of his victory. Then said the gardener's boy: 'I am grown up. and it would have gone badly without me. and behind them followed a great troop of warriors entirely equipped in iron. only give me a horse.' All that he asked was done. and called forth Iron Hans. and led the horse out.' The others laughed. who was superior in strength and had a mighty army. and said: 'What do you desire?' 'I want a strong steed. but the king did not know. and will go to the wars also. 'but a strange knight who came to my assistance with his soldiers. 'I am not the one who carried away the victory. hobblety jib.' 'That you shall have. mounted the other. and it was not long before a stable-boy came out of it. The youth made over his three-legged horse to the stable-boy.' When they had gone forth. and give me my three-legged horse again.

asked he.' answered he.' 'If you can perform such deeds as that. 'If you desire further proof. and ride on a spirited chestnut-horse.' 'I well see. On the second day Iron Hans equipped him as a white knight. 'He is at work in the garden. but galloped off with it. always in different colours. but I have already seen by his golden hair that he was no gardener's boy.' said the king. you are no gardener's boy. 'and here the apples are. and he did not linger an instant.' He gave the order that if the knight who caught the apple. The king's daughter came forward. and gave him a white horse. and threw a golden apple to the knights. They rode back and announced this to the king. who is your father?' 'My father is a mighty king. you may see the wound which your people gave me when they followed me.' answered he. and was recognized by no one.' The maiden laughed.' 'It is as safe as if you had it already. the youth galloped to the spot. and then his golden hair fell down over his shoulders. and he came and again had his little cap on his head. The king grew angry. but none of them caught it but he.' said Iron Hans. 'Yes. the king's attendants pursued him. but his horse leapt so violently that the helmet fell from the youth's head. and again he caught the apple. The youth nevertheless escaped from them. On the third day. and only came home yesterday evening. tell me. Give me your daughter to wife.' and he took them out of his pocket. only as soon as he had it he galloped away. But the king's daughter went up to him and took it off. 'Are you the knight who came every day to the festival.' The king had him summoned into his presence. the queer creature has been at the festival too. and if he would not come back willingly. and returned them to the king. and gold have I in plenty as great as I require. and who caught the three golden apples?' asked the king. Again he was the only one who caught the apple. and said: 'That is not allowed. should go away again they should pursue him. and one of them got so near him that he wounded the youth's leg with the point of his sword.' and then she went and . and they could see that he had golden hair. But when he was riding off with it. can I do anything to please you?' 'Yes. 'You shall likewise have a suit of red armour for the occasion. and said: 'He does not stand much on ceremony. he must appear before me and tell his name. 'that indeed you can. The following day the king's daughter asked the gardener about his boy. and he was so handsome that all were amazed. he has likewise shown my children three golden apples which he has won. they were to cut him down and stab him. 'that I owe my thanks to you.' When the day came. 'That I may catch the king's daughter's golden apple. But I am likewise the knight who helped you to your victory over your enemies. he received from Iron Hans a suit of black armour and a black horse. took his place amongst the knights.

But the king made the most skilful workmen in his kingdom weave the three dresses: one golden. to which every beast in the kingdom must give a part of his skin. and a third must be dazzling as the stars: besides this. like the moon. shall be your property. the king must marry again. Now the king had a daughter. and for a long time never thought of taking another wife.kissed him. and had had all their trouble for nothing. the king looked at her and saw that she was just like this late queen: then he said to his courtiers. but hoped the king would soon give up such thoughts.' CAT-SKIN There was once a king. like the moon. all the treasures which I possess. 'this will not do. and who has golden hair like mine. So the messengers came home. and said. and was by enchantment a wild man. his wise men said. and a stately king came in with a great retinue. His father and mother came to the wedding. like the sun. I want a mantle of a thousand different kinds of fur put together. for they had given up all hope of ever seeing their dear son again. the doors opened. another silvery. who was just as beautiful as her mother. however. she shut her eyes and died. 'Before I marry anyone I must have three dresses: one must be of gold.' Then when the king in his grief promised all she asked. to seek for a bride as beautiful as the late queen. and a third sparkling. But the king was not to be comforted.' And his daughter was also shocked.' When the courtiers heard this they were shocked. and if there had been. He went up to the youth. and had the same golden hair.' So messengers were sent far and wide. and you say there must be a queen. like the sun. At last. And as they were sitting at the marriage-feast. the music suddenly stopped. 'Promise me that you will never marry again. I shall not find any bride upon the whole earth. so she said to him. And when she was grown up. but you have set me free. like the stars: and his hunters were told to hunt out all the beasts in . whose queen had hair of the purest gold. But this beautiful queen fell ill. still there was not one to be found who had golden hair. and when she felt that her end drew near she called the king to her and said. 'May I not marry my daughter? She is the very image of my dead wife: unless I have her. and were in great delight. embraced him and said: 'I am Iron Hans. another must be of shining silver. that we may have a queen. unless you meet with a wife who is as beautiful as I am. But there was no princess in the world so beautiful.' And thus she though he would think of the matter no more. 'Heaven forbid that a father should marry his daughter! Out of so great a sin no good can come. and was so beautiful that her match was not to be met with on the whole face of the earth.

When all were ready. but there it lies fast asleep. and journeyed on the whole night. and run round and round. and washed the soot from off her face and hands. and took three of her trinkets. and when they came back again said. and took her home to the king's palace. a golden ring. and said. But the king came up to her. you may lie and sleep there. and went away. and do all the dirty work. Now as the king to whom the wood belonged was hunting in it. and bark. where no light of day ever peeped in. sift the ashes. Everyone made way for her.' said the king. Then they showed her a little corner under the staircase. and made to fetch wood and water. and . she sat herself down in the hollow of a tree and soon fell asleep: and there she slept on till it was midday. and we will take it with us. and said. and packed the three dresses--of the sun.his kingdom.' Then they said. have pity on me and take me with you.' Then she took her little lamp. you can sweep up the ashes. 'Yes. and held out his hand and danced with her. As she was very tired. and the maiden awoke and was greatly frightened. and brought out of it the dress that shone like the sun. and wrapped herself up in the mantle made of all sorts of fur. 'if you can catch it alive. and they thought she could be no less than a king's daughter. and the stars--up in a nutshell. and so went to the feast. its skin seems to be of a thousand kinds of fur. Thus Cat-skin lived for a long time very sorrowfully. She next opened her nutshell.' So the huntsmen took it up. pluck the poultry. so that her beauty shone forth like the sun from behind the clouds. 'what will now become of thee?' But it happened one day that a feast was to be held in the king's castle. 'and see what sort of game lies there. 'Yes. and went into her cabin. 'May I go up a little while and see what is going on? I will take care and stand behind the door. a golden necklace.' So they put her into the coach. pick the herbs. Miss Cat-skin. and began to snuff about. such as we never saw before. 'Look sharp!' said the king to the huntsmen. 'Ah! pretty princess!' thought she.' And the huntsmen went up to the tree. the moon. and besmeared her face and hands with soot.' And she was sent into the kitchen. and to take the finest fur out of their skins: and thus a mantle of a thousand furs was made. the king sent them to her. 'In the hollow tree there lies a most wonderful beast. you will do for the kitchen. Then she threw herself upon Heaven for help in her need. till at last she came to a large wood.' And the cook said. and do things of that sort. to blow the fire. 'I am a poor child that has neither father nor mother left. but she got up in the night when all were asleep. 'Cat-skin. his dogs came to the tree. so she said to the cook. and a golden brooch. and took off the fur skin. to rake out the ashes. but be back again in half an hour's time. for nobody knew her. you may go.' 'See.

' said she. the cook said. 'To tell the truth I did not cook it. Whilst the cook was above stairs. washed herself quickly.' 'How came you in my palace?' asked he. When she went into the kitchen to her work. the king ordered his soup to be brought in.' As soon as the cook went away. Cat-skin heated the king's soup. if it be so. as nicely as ever she could. and was Cat-skin again. 'You must have let a hair fall into the soup. and to have boots and shoes thrown at my head.' said he. At the bottom he saw a gold ring lying. and put it into the dish in which the soup was. that she had run into her little cabin. so the king sent her away again about her business. and made herself into Cat-skin again. and began to rake the ashes. he ordered the cook to be sent for. 'Who are you?' 'I am a poor child. 'Let that alone till the morning. 'I did. she was gone. 'That is not true. Then she would not own that she knew anything about the ring. 'I never saw any one half so beautiful. and when the king looked round for her. 'Yes. 'but to be scullion-girl. and cook the king the soup that he likes so much. pulled off her dress. but she sprang into her little cabin. and put it on. blackened her face and hands. and said to Cat-skin. The truth was. looking like a king's daughter. After a time there was another feast. and took her dress out which was silvery as the moon. you will have a good beating. so slyly that the king did not see where she was gone.' When the dance was at an end she curtsied. When the dance was over. and he asked him who had cooked the soup.' Then he went before the king.he thought in his heart.' said the king: and when she came he said to her. But the king said. and it pleased him so well.' Then she ran to her little cabin. and went into the kitchen to cook the soup. and when she went in. put on the fur-skin cloak. After the dance was at an end she managed to slip out. and toasted a slice of bread first. I should like to run up now and give a peep: but take care you don't let a hair fall into it. she went and looked in the cabin for her little golden ring. or you will run a chance of never eating again. The guards that stood at the castle gate were called in: but they had seen no one. she got the golden necklace and . no one knew wither. 'that has lost both father and mother. the king went up to her. and rejoiced at seeing her again. and Cat-skin asked the cook to let her go up and see it as before. 'but come again in half an hour.' answered the cook.' 'Then let Cat-skin come up. and when it was ready.' Then he answered. The cook was frightened when he heard the order.' 'But how did you get the ring that was in the soup?' asked the king. and as he could not make out how it had got there. and when the dance began he danced with her.' said she. and heat the king's soup. that he thought he had never tasted any so good before. but Cat-skin did. 'I am good for nothing. it was better done than you could do it.

and we will never more be parted from each other. and kept fast hold of it. and cooked the king's soup. When the king got to the bottom. and as soon as the cook was gone. So whilst he was dancing with her. so that it pleases the king better than mine. but she slipped away. 'for you always put something into your soup. But the king said. Then he got hold of the fur and tore it off. and it pleased him as well as before. it happened just the same as before. the fur cloak fell off a little on one side. and in her haste did not blacken herself all over with soot. one of which bore . then it was brought to the king. and ordered that the dance should be kept up a long time. But when the king had ordered a feast to be got ready for the third time. as ever was heard of or seen in that country. but she still told him that she was only fit to have boots and shoes thrown at her head. When it was at an end. Cat-skin was brought again before the king. 'You are my beloved bride. and the king danced with her again. But this time she kept away too long. so he sent for the cook. and showed herself to be the most beautiful princess upon the face of the earth. Cat-skin. In front of the cottage was a garden wherein stood two rose-trees. and a merry day it was. who ate it. so she had not time to take off her fine dress.' And the wedding feast was held. but left one of her fingers white. and her golden hair and beautiful form were seen. and she could no longer hide herself: so she washed the soot and ashes from her face. he let her go up as before. SNOW-WHITE AND ROSE-RED There was once a poor widow who lived in a lonely cottage. and went into the ball-room in it. and when she wanted to loose herself and spring away. who was again forced to tell him that Cat-skin had cooked it. he would have held her fast by the hand. 'You must be a witch. and soon saw the white finger. and thought she had never looked so beautiful as she did then. Then she ran into the kitchen. Then she put on her dress which sparkled like the stars. and the starry dress sparkled underneath it. and stayed beyond the half-hour. and sprang so quickly through the crowd that he lost sight of her: and she ran as fast as she could into her little cabin under the stairs. she put the golden brooch into the dish. and threw her fur mantle over it.' said the cook.' However. he ordered Cat-skin to be called once more. and the ring that he had put on it whilst they were dancing: so he seized her hand.dropped it into the soup. he put a gold ring on her finger without her seeing it. or indeed in any other.

and the mother took her spectacles and read aloud out of a large book. Snow-white. And their mother told them that it must have been the angel who watches over good children. and the two girls listened as they sat and spun. In the summer Rose-red took care of the house. No mishap overtook them. She had two children who were like the two rose-trees. but said nothing and went into the forest. as busy and cheerful as ever two children in the world were. In the evening. and no beasts did them any harm. and behind them upon a perch sat a white dove with its head . they saw a beautiful child in a shining white dress sitting near their bed. Rose-red liked better to run about in the meadows and fields seeking flowers and catching butterflies. when the snowflakes fell. Snow-white and Rose-red kept their mother's little cottage so neat that it was a pleasure to look inside it. and bolt the door. and their mother knew this and did not worry on their account. The kettle was of brass and shone like gold. so brightly was it polished. and every morning laid a wreath of flowers by her mother's bed before she awoke. and helped her with her housework.' and their mother would add: 'What one has she must share with the other. Once when they had spent the night in the wood and the dawn had roused them. in which was a rose from each tree. but Snow-white sat at home with her mother. only Snow-white was more quiet and gentle than Rose-red.' and then they sat round the hearth. but came close to them trustfully. if they had stayed too late in the forest. and would certainly have fallen into it in the darkness if they had gone only a few paces further. and the birds sat still upon the boughs. the roe grazed by their side. and when Snow-white said: 'We will not leave each other. They were as good and happy. they laid themselves down near one another upon the moss. and slept until morning came. the mother said: 'Go. and night came on. and the other Rose-red. And when they looked round they found that they had been sleeping quite close to a precipice. and sang whatever they knew.' Rose-red answered: 'Never so long as we live. and one was called Snow-white. the stag leapt merrily by them. or read to her when there was nothing to do. The two children were so fond of one another that they always held each other by the hand when they went out together.white and the other red roses. In the winter Snow-white lit the fire and hung the kettle on the hob. The little hare would eat a cabbage-leaf out of their hands. He got up and looked quite kindly at them.' They often ran about the forest alone and gathered red berries. And close by them lay a lamb upon the floor.

Will you beat your wooer dead?' When it was bed-time. the bear will do you no harm. someone knocked at the door as if he wished to be let in. and Snow-white hid herself behind her mother's bed. then. children. or they took a hazel-switch and beat him. when the earth is frozen hard. dear bear?' asked Snow-white. The mother said: 'Quick. the lamb bleated. and they got so used to him that the doors were never fastened until their black friend had arrived.' 'Poor bear. put their feet upon his back and rolled him about. and cannot come back for the whole summer.' As soon as day dawned the two children let him out.' said the mother. the bear said one morning to Snow-white: 'Now I must go away. But the bear took it all in good part. They tugged his hair with their hands. In the winter. 'lie down by the fire. and let the children amuse themselves with him as much as they liked. and when he growled they laughed. and by-and-by the lamb and dove came nearer.' Then she cried: 'Snow-white. and he stretched himself by the fire and growled contentedly and comfortably. 'Snow-white. black head within the door. open the door. and then you will be safe from the cold and the bad weather.' 'Where are you going. I will do you no harm! I am half-frozen. Rose-red. Rose-red. thinking that it was a poor man. he means well. as they were thus sitting comfortably together.hidden beneath its wings. the dove fluttered. but it was not. Henceforth the bear came every evening at the same time.' So they both came out. it was a bear that stretched his broad. and only want to warm myself a little beside you. Rose-red screamed and sprang back. children. The bear said: 'Here. and he trotted across the snow into the forest. come out. and were not afraid of him. It was not long before they grew quite at home. One evening. and played tricks with their clumsy guest. knock the snow out of my coat a little'. laid himself down by the hearth. it must be a traveller who is seeking shelter. only when they were too rough he called out: 'Leave me alive. the mother said to the bear: 'You can lie there by the hearth.' Rose-red went and pushed back the bolt. so they brought the broom and swept the bear's hide clean. and the others went to bed. Rose-red. But the bear began to speak and said: 'Do not be afraid. they are obliged . When spring had come and all outside was green. 'I must go into the forest and guard my treasures from the wicked dwarfs. only take care that you do not burn your coat.

and the tree closed so quickly that I could not pull out my beautiful white beard. 'I will run and fetch someone. 'why should you fetch someone? You are already two too many for me. and cut off the end of the beard. it was caught too fast. and the little fellow was jumping about like a dog tied to a rope. prying goose!' answered the dwarf: 'I was going to split the tree to get a little wood for cooking. 'You stupid. but she was not sure about it. 'I will help you. and it seemed to Snow-white as if she had seen gold shining through it. and went off without even once looking at the children. The end of the beard was caught in a crevice of the tree. and the bear was hurrying out. and which was full of gold. I had just driven the wedge safely in. can you not think of something better?' 'Don't be impatient. grumbling to himself: 'Uncouth people. Bad luck to you!' and then he swung the bag upon his back. There they found a big tree which lay felled on the ground. when the sun has thawed and warmed the earth. and did not know what to do. and was soon out of sight behind the trees. sleek. but the cursed wedge was too smooth and suddenly sprang out. and as she unbolted the door for him. and the silly. so now it is tight and I cannot get away. but now. and everything was going as I wished. and in their caves. 'You senseless goose!' snarled the dwarf. and lifted it up.to stay below and cannot work their way through. A short time afterwards the mother sent her children into the forest to get firewood. The little bit of food that we people get is immediately burnt up with heavy logs. greedy folk. does not easily see daylight again. He glared at the girls with his fiery red eyes and cried: 'Why do you stand there? Can you not come here and help me?' 'What are you up to. and what once gets into their hands. As soon as the dwarf felt himself free he laid hold of a bag which lay amongst the roots of the tree. we do not swallow so much as you coarse.' said Rose-red. but they could not make out what it was. milk-faced things laugh! Ugh! how odious you are!' The children tried very hard.' said Snow-white. The bear ran away quickly. they break through it.' and she pulled her scissors out of her pocket. . and come out to pry and steal.' Snow-white was quite sorry at his departure. to cut off a piece of my fine beard. he caught against the bolt and a piece of his hairy coat was torn off. and close by the trunk something was jumping backwards and forwards in the grass. but they could not pull the beard out. When they came nearer they saw a dwarf with an old withered face and a snow-white beard a yard long. little man?' asked Rose-red.

as if it were going to leap in. 'don't you see that the accursed fish wants to pull me in?' The little man had been sitting there fishing. He held on to all the reeds and rushes. full of pity. As they came near the brook they saw something like a large grasshopper jumping towards the water. I wish you had been made to run the soles off your shoes!' Then he took out a sack of pearls which lay in the rushes. you toadstool. and pulled against the eagle so long that at last he let his booty go. . 'you surely don't want to go into the water?' 'I am not such a fool!' cried the dwarf. As soon as the dwarf had recovered from his first fright he cried with his shrill voice: 'Could you not have done it more carefully! You dragged at my brown coat so that it is all torn and full of holes. They ran up and saw with horror that the eagle had seized their old acquaintance the dwarf. flying slowly round and round above them. to disfigure a man's face? Was it not enough to clip off the end of my beard? Now you have cut off the best part of it. at once took tight hold of the little man. There was nothing to do but to bring out the scissors and cut the beard. When the dwarf saw that he screamed out: 'Is that civil. piteous cry. it sank lower and lower. and was in urgent danger of being dragged into the water. who by this time were used to his ingratitude. The girls came just in time. 'Where are you going?' said Rose-red. The road led them across a heath upon which huge pieces of rock lay strewn about. but it was of little good. who had emptied out his bag of precious stones in a clean spot. beard and line were entangled fast together. and at last settled near a rock not far away. and without another word he dragged it away and disappeared behind a stone. It happened that soon afterwards the mother sent the two children to the town to buy needles and thread. went on their way and did their business in town. They ran to it and found it was the dwarf. There they noticed a large bird hovering in the air. but all in vain. The girls. you clumsy creatures!' Then he took up a sack full of precious stones.Some time afterwards Snow-white and Rose-red went to catch a dish of fish. the fish kept the upper hand and pulled the dwarf towards him. a moment later a big fish made a bite and the feeble creature had not strength to pull it out. and was going to carry him off. and slipped away again under the rock into his hole. As they crossed the heath again on their way home they surprised the dwarf. whereby a small part of it was lost. The children. I cannot let myself be seen by my people. Immediately they heard a loud. they held him fast and tried to free his beard from the line. and laces and ribbons. and unluckily the wind had tangled up his beard with the fishing-line. for he was forced to follow the movements of the fish.

I will come with you.' Then they recognized his voice and waited. do not be afraid. and both studied law at Marburg University. Now he has got his well-deserved punishment. and although Wilhelm's work was hampered by poor health the brothers collaborated in the creation of a German dictionary. The dwarf sprang up in a fright. were born in Hanau. in the German state of Hesse. fat as young quails. white and red. 'Why do you stand gaping there?' cried the dwarf. The girls had run away. and their collection was first published with scholarly notes and no illustration. take these two wicked girls. 'and I was bewitched by that wicked dwarf. but the bear called to them: 'Snow-white and Rose-red. Come. The old mother lived peacefully and happily with her children for many years. they glittered and sparkled with all colours so beautifully that the children stood still and stared at them. Although their intention was to preserve such material as part of German cultural and literary history. I have had to run about the forest as a savage bear until I was freed by his death. and Rose-red to his brother. clothed all in gold. But they were best (and universally) known for the collection of over two hundred folk tales they made from oral sources and published in two volumes of 'Nursery and Household Tales' in 1812 and 1814. for the bear was already close.and had not thought that anyone would come there so late. and he stood there a handsome man. and he did not move again. Jacob was a pioneer in the study of German philology. but gave the wicked creature a single blow with his paw.' he said. who had stolen my treasures. Then in the dread of his heart he cried: 'Dear Mr Bear. the beautiful jewels lying there! Grant me my life. She took the two rose-trees with her. 'I am a king's son. and every year bore the most beautiful roses. ***** The Brothers Grimm. and they divided between them the great treasure which the dwarf had gathered together in his cave. the tales soon . wait. spare me. and they stood before her window. and when he came up to them suddenly his bearskin fell off. He was still cursing when a loud growling was heard. not completed until a century after their deaths. for mercy's sake eat them!' The bear took no heed of his words. and a black bear came trotting towards them out of the forest. they are tender morsels for you. Throughout their lives they remained close friends. but he could not reach his cave. The evening sun shone upon the brilliant stones. and his ashen-grey face became copper-red with rage. what do you want with such a slender little fellow as I? you would not feel me between your teeth. near Frankfurt. look. I will give you all my treasures. Snow-white was married to him. Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859).

. This was in part due to Edgar Taylor..' They have been an essential ingredient of children's reading ever since.. selecting about fifty stories 'with the amusement of some young friends principally in view. who made the first English translation in 1823.came into the possession of young readers. The End.

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